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The Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa’s oldest and largest statewide business network is pleased to present the Iowa HR Library. We hope it will help you operate your business more efficiently and avoid the hidden pitfalls that lurk among the maze known as HR.

Targeted, timely and comprehensive, this manual is considered the cornerstone guide of the compliance library. It covers more than thirty primary topics directly related to the employment process.

This updated and revised edition of the Iowa Human Resources Manual was not written as a response to employee-related problems, but to help you avoid them. The guidelines and checklists will help make that easier and the examples, FAQ’s and step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to know that you are on solid ground.

This manual is a part of a series of publications prepared exclusively for Iowa employers and made available by ABI in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Iowa business community. This lines up beautifully with our mission to enhance the competitiveness of Iowa business and industry by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to Iowa growth.

If you would like to know more about the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, we would welcome your call at (515) 235-0561 or visit our website at www.iowaabi.org.

Ann Holden Kendell

    Ann Holden Kendell is a member at BrownWinick and serves as Co-Chair of BrownWinick's Employment Law practice group. Ann practices primarily in the area of employment law and commercial litigation.

    Ann counsels employers in human resources policies and procedures; unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower issues; FMLA; Iowa state and federal wage and hour issues; restrictive covenants (non-competes, non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements); and drug testing policies and procedures, as well as handles employment litigation. She conducts management training concerning drug testing and personnel issues and has served as an investigator for clients regarding misconduct, discrimination and harassment allegations. Ann represents her clients in front of administrative agencies, such as Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, and in arbitration, as well as state and federal courts. She has had successful jury trials obtaining defense verdicts on sexual harassment, gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and retaliation claims. Ann has also litigated and enforced restrictive covenants on behalf of employers and litigated other commercial disputes. Ann frequently speaks and writes articles on various employment law topics and is a trained and experienced mediator hired by other attorneys to assist in resolving cases.

    Since 2010, Ann has been listed in Chambers USA(R) as a leading attorney in the area of Labor and Employment in the State of Iowa. In Best Lawyers of America(R), Ann has been listed in the areas of Litigation - Labor and Employment (2013); Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management (2012); Labor and Employment Law (2011) and Labor and Employment Law (2010) for the State of Iowa.

    Ann is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State (Member, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections) and American (Member, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations. She is a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys, where she served as its President in 2006 after serving on its Board in various capacities since 2000.

    Ann received her B.S. degree in history from Iowa State University in 1995 and her J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1998. She was admitted to the Iowa bar, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. After graduation, Ann clerked for Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Harris until she entered private practice in August of 1999.

     

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Bridget R. Penick

    Bridget R. Penick represents employers of all sizes, both in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies. Bridget is a leading litigator whose practice focuses on employment law. She counsels employers in human resources policies and procedures, employment discrimination, FMLA, ADA, wage & hour, NLRA issues and union organization. She also assists employers with employment-related immigration issues.

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Elizabeth A. Coonan

    Elizabeth A. Coonan is a member at BrownWinick. Elizabeth serves as Co-Chair of BrownWinick's Employment Law practice group.

    Elizabeth represents clients in the areas of employment, workers' compensation and business immigration law. She assists employers in various aspects of their business including internal policy development and enforcement and workers' compensation strategy and prevention. Elizabeth counsels clients regarding discipline and termination situations and compliance with local, state and federal employment and civil rights laws and regulations. She represents clients in proceedings in front of various administrative bodies, such as the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation, as well as state and federal courts. Elizabeth also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums.

     

    Elizabeth was included in The Best Lawyers in America(R) 18th and 19th Editions for her work in the area of workers' compensation law on behalf of employers. She is also a certified mediator.

     

    Beth is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State (Workers' Compensation and Labor and Employment Law Sections) Bar Associations, a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys and a Drake Law Women Advisory Board Member. Elizabeth is active in the community as a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Board of Directors of House of Mercy. She also serves on the Broadlawns Advocacy Circle. She previously served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Young Women's Resource Center, is a graduate of and a past member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, served as the Strategic Planning Director and Fund Development Director for the Junior League of Des Moines, and has served other non-profit organizations in varying capacities.

     

    Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her J.D., with honors, from Drake University. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2002 and subsequently admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

     

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Megan Erickson Moritz

    Megan Erickson Moritz is a member at BrownWinick and practices primarily in employment law and commercial litigation. She also maintains a general practice including appellate work, business law, and representative actions (such as class actions and collective actions).

     

    In her employment practice, Megan defends and advises employers on employment-related issues and disputes, such as those related to restrictive covenants, wage and hour requirements, as well as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. Megan also represents clients involved in disputes over contracts, agency relationships, business torts, and management conflicts. Megan also counsels clients - primarily businesses, employers, and managers - on company formation, internal management structures, and other transactional issues. Her desk practice also includes drafting policies, forms, contracts, and other business documents for companies, including social media and other workplace policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, restrictive covenants, and other contracts, as well as operating agreements for LLCs, bylaws for corporations, and other internal management documents.

     

     

    Megan is a frequent author and speaker on employment-related topics, most often presenting on legal issues related to technology and social media in the workplace. She maintains the Social Networking Law Blog, and has been interviewed and quoted by publications and websites across the country about the intersection of law and technology.

     

     

    Megan is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State, and American (Member, Labor and Employment Law; Business Law; and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations. She is a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys, where she served on the Board for two years.

     

     

    Megan received her B.S. degree from Iowa State University, with distinction, in 2004 and her J.D. from Drake University Law School, with high honors, in 2007. At Drake, Megan was a Dwight D. Opperman Scholar and was active in the Drake Law Review. In law school, Megan was a Special Federal Judicial Intern to Chief Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters, United States District Court for the Southern District Court of Iowa in 2006 and a Federal Honors Appellate Judicial Extern to the Honorable William J. Riley, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 2007. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2007, and is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.

     

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