Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is a general practice law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Our attorneys provide a full range of legal and business counseling services to a client base that includes large corporations, small businesses, governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations with interests in Iowa.

Starting Nov. 19th from 1-3 p.m., Attorneys from the Dickinson Law Startup Group will be holding office hours on a quarterly basis to assist entrepreneurs with their legal needs at the Gravitate Co-Working Space in downtown Des Moines. Services Available During the first event, Attorneys Emily McGovern and Andrea Rastelli will be on hand for 20-minute sessions. As part of the Startup Group, they are committed to supporting emerging enterprises at each stage, and can…
Starting Nov. 19th from 1-3 p.m., Attorneys from the Dickinson Law Startup Group will be holding office hours on a quarterly basis to assist entrepreneurs with their legal needs at the Gravitate Co-Working Space in downtown Des Moines. Services Available During the first event, Attorneys Emily McGovern and Andrea Rastelli will be on hand for 20-minute sessions. As part of the Startup Group, they are committed to supporting emerging enterprises at each stage, and can…
What do you do at 4:30 p.m. on Friday when your data is encrypted and a message tells you it will take 500 Bitcoin to decrypt it? This scenario has become a routine occurrence across the United States for local governments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. What should an organization do when it discovers its systems are locked? Don’t Just Replicate, Backup Hopefully the organization has a backup. Many organizations routinely create a copy of…
What do you do at 4:30 p.m. on Friday when your data is encrypted and a message tells you it will take 500 Bitcoin to decrypt it? This scenario has become a routine occurrence across the United States for local governments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. What should an organization do when it discovers its systems are locked? Don’t Just Replicate, Backup Hopefully the organization has a backup. Many organizations routinely create a copy of…
Our previous Wage and Hour Watch post summarized DOL’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the FLSA fluctuating workweek overtime regulations.  Today’s post will focus on the particulars of the current rules. The fluctuating workweek (FWW) method for calculating and paying overtime for non-exempt salaried employees is laid out in 29 CFR Section 771.114. An initial requirement is that the hours worked do not customarily follow a regular schedule, but vary from week to…
Our previous Wage and Hour Watch post summarized DOL’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the FLSA fluctuating workweek overtime regulations.  Today’s post will focus on the particulars of the current rules. The fluctuating workweek (FWW) method for calculating and paying overtime for non-exempt salaried employees is laid out in 29 CFR Section 771.114. An initial requirement is that the hours worked do not customarily follow a regular schedule, but vary from week to…
On November 5, USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division issued a press release with the enticing title, “U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Bonuses for America’s Workers.” Despite the title, the WHD is not unveiling any new FLSA bonus provisions or programs.  Rather, it is announcing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to address yet another glitch caused by the agency’s 2011 “clean-up regulations” regarding the fluctuating workweek method of paying non-exempt…
On November 5, USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division issued a press release with the enticing title, “U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Bonuses for America’s Workers.” Despite the title, the WHD is not unveiling any new FLSA bonus provisions or programs.  Rather, it is announcing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to address yet another glitch caused by the agency’s 2011 “clean-up regulations” regarding the fluctuating workweek method of paying non-exempt…
In the latest head scratcher, through a pair of Declaratory Orders (“DO”) issued within eight months of each other, the Iowa Department of Revenue has determined that Pilates classes and certain spinning (cycling) classes are treated differently for purposes of sales tax.  According to the Department, one is taxable “commercial recreation” and the other is nontaxable “instruction in recreational activities.” I’ll let you guess.  The facts of the latest DO, which relates to spinning…
In the latest head scratcher, through a pair of Declaratory Orders (“DO”) issued within eight months of each other, the Iowa Department of Revenue has determined that Pilates classes and certain spinning (cycling) classes are treated differently for purposes of sales tax.  According to the Department, one is taxable “commercial recreation” and the other is nontaxable “instruction in recreational activities.” I’ll let you guess.  The facts of the latest DO, which relates to spinning…