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Recruiting and Interviewing: Minimizing Legal Risk

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The risk of violating federal, state, and local employment laws is present even before an employment relationship exists. The pre-employment process, including recruiting and interviewing, exposes employers to potentially significant legal liability. This post provides an overview of the legal risks associated with recruiting and interviewing under federal law and Iowa law, and

Samantha Farmer Published in Drake Journal of Agriculture Law

Hartung Schroeder colleague, Samantha Famer, was published in the spring edition of the Drake Journal of Agriculture Law. Samantha’s Note, “Environmental and Nuisance Regulations in Iowa: Something to Raise a Stink Over?” examined environmental regulations and nuisance laws that govern Iowa hog confinements. The Drake Journal of Agricultural Law is dedicated to the review of

IHOP Settles Harassment Case for $875k

The operator of two IHOP restaurants in Illinois has agreed to fire two managers and three cooks who the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says sexually harassed or assaulted at least a dozen employees, and pay $875,000 to the alleged victims. U.S. District Judge David Herndon in East St. Louis, Illinois on Thursday approved a consent

Managing Construction Risk through CGLI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Commercial general liability insurance (CGLI) is often used to manage risk on a construction project. However, CGL policies can contain gaps in coverage or exclusions that may leave a contractor or subcontractor without the anticipated protection. This Hartung Schroeder Practice Note addresses common business risk exclusions in CGL policies and provides guidance on how

Case Update: Our Most Precious Cargo

STORY BY: Sonya Heitshusen OAKLAND, Iowa — Call it foreshadowing or a premonition, 16-year-old Megan Klindt seemed to know she wasn’t safe on her school bus. “She went to the principal’s office and complained about Donnie’s driving,” says her mother, Natalie Klindt. “She didn’t feels safe. She told me this.” Megan Klindt died on that

Part Five: How to Create and Implement a Social Media Policy

OVERVIEW TO THE SERIES Social media usage has revolutionized the way in which companies communicate with consumers. This Hartung Schroeder Practice Series is presented in five parts and provides practical guidance on the potential risks to a company attributable to the use of social media tools by the company and its employees. The Series explains:

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