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Bill Hanigan, agribusiness attorney, is quoted in an April 20 article in USA Today, “Is Wind Power Saving Rural Iowa or Wrecking It?”

The article discusses the increase in wind turbines on rural Iowa land. Iowa has grown to be first in the nation for wind energy as a share of total electricity generation.


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For the 38th year, the Greater Des Moines Partnership hosted a fly-in to Washington D.C. for members of the Central Iowa community to advocate before our members of congress, regulators, and other governmental officials. Three Davis Brown attorneys attended the event, Lori Chesser, Tim Coonan, and Mike Kulik.

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One of the first steps in any business venture is for the founder to form a business entity separating their personal assets and liabilities from the business assets and liabilities of the new company. Without this separation, all of a founder's personal assets would be at risk to creditors of the business, but with the separation and absent other factors, creditors of the business can only look to a business's assets to satisfy its debts. Wei-erh Chen shares how entrepreneurs should be suspicious of personal guarantees.

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Like on The Monster at Adventureland, the 2017 legislative session was a thrill ride full of ups and downs for Iowa employers. Starting with the signing of the collective bargaining bill in February and continuing to last week’s signing of the Fireworks bill, employers across the state have watched with amazement at the quick pace of this year’s session and the sheer number of changes. Below is our list of the top 10 changes employers should be aware of.

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the #AHCA last week. If it were to become law, what would this mean for employers? Susan Freed shares some insight.

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Jo Ellen Whitney and Kelsey Crosse attended the Employers Counsel Network conference and came back with a lot of info to share with employer clients.

“It helped me think about how to foster a different mindset for my employer clients,” Kelsey said, “Retaliation and whistleblower claims have been increasing over the years. We learned ways to help our clients re-structure their policies and approach to these types of claims to minimize their exposure.”

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With immigration in the news now more than ever, and a national shift in enforcement strategy by the Trump Administration, it is important to prepare your staff for a visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. ICE is now more likely to pick up targeted persons at the worksite, and we expect that more worksite enforcement will soon follow, even for those who are doing their best to check for valid documents. 

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On the Employment Law Blog, Kelsey Crosse shares details about an important decision all employers need to make when hiring new employees: should they be exempt or non-exempt? Some advice for employers to guide that decision.

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Immigration Department Chair Lori Chesser presented at the American Immigration Lawyers Association national conference earlier this month.

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The IRS is warning employers about a new phishing scam putting employees at risk.
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