Mowery’s Teachable Moments for Iowa Counties, Cities, School Districts, Councils, and Boards. The recent Iowa Court of Appeals ruling in Mowery v. The City of Carter Lake, 19-2014 (Iowa Court of Appeals, filed March 3, 2021) creates significant new risk for cities, counties, school districts, and other entities charged with appointing public employees in Iowa. This article will outline the decision, where things could have been gone differently, and a recommended approach. The Summary…
At the Dickinson law firm, we have guided many employers through developing policies and procedures regarding employee and job applicant drug and alcohol testing. This includes private sector drug and alcohol testing under Iowa Code § 730.5, federal FMCSA testing for drivers and those in safety sensitive positions, or public sector employee drug and alcohol testing in circumstances that satisfy federal and state constitutional concerns regarding unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as due process.…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. bids a fond farewell to Shareholder Attorneys Joan Fletcher and Jeff Krausman who retired from the firm on December 31, 2020. Joan’s practice focused on litigation and employment, with experience in state and federal courts. Her primary areas of practice included complex commercial litigationemployment litigation, including matters involving non-compete and trade secret litigation, and OSHA defense and consultation. Prior to joining Dickinson law in 2002, Joan…
Co-authored by Attorney Rachel Soderstrum  Bipartisan, veto-proof legislation was sent to President Trump on December 21, 2020 for a second round of pandemic stimulus, along with the federal budget for FY 2021. Despite last-minute objections from President Trump that the stimulus payments were too small and the budget included wasteful spending, he signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA 2021) on December 27, 2020. Tax Credits The CAA 2021 allows FFCRA-covered employers to voluntarily extend…
Now Available on Demand – our 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series Focused on Employment Law issues, our Employment Webinar Series with the Dickinson Law Employment & Labor Group first aired on October 27, 28 & 29. Now, it’s available anytime On Demand! It’s a must see as we Face the Future Together. Over six hours of content is available for viewing or you can download the materials only. Recordings You can access three separate sessions; click on…
Dickinson Law is proud to announce that it has launched “Beyond Juris,” Iowa’s first syndicated legal podcast, discussing innovations in the law & the law for innovators.  Co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli, the podcast will be tackling new topics in the law in different fields, and will feature discussions with area business leaders and additional attorneys from Dickinson Law on issues that impact startups, established businesses, and consumers such as privacy law, blockchain,…
All startups begin with an idea. But while you’re focusing on turning your idea into reality, don’t forget about the legal issues that can have a real impact on your new venture. From founding issues and what type of legal representation you need, protecting your data and intellectual property, to tax considerations and employment matters for your new enterprise, you won’t want to miss the FREE Dickinson Law Startup Webinar that is now available On Demand. The webinar first…
Co-authored by Attorney Russ Samson    At a press conference on September 29, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) had issued new guidance regarding when Iowans should quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 and how long they should self-isolate when they are COVID-19 positive. It comes in the form of a one-page picture poster, cryptically dated “September 2020.” The new IDPH guidelines apply to businesses, educational…
From ideas to implementation, all startups begin with an idea. But while you’re focusing on turning those ideas into reality, don’t forget about the legal issues that can have a real impact on your new venture. From founding issues and what type of legal representation you need, protecting your data and intellectual property, to tax considerations and employment matters for your new enterprise, you won’t want to miss the FREE Dickinson Law Startup Webinar on…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is delighted to announce that Grace Bogart and Rachel Soderstrum have joined the firm as Associate Attorneys. Both women began their legal careers at Dickinson Law as summer clerks in 2019. Grace Bogart Grace is a 2020 Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in political science (summa cum laude) from Iowa State University. As a member of the firm’s Banking,…