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IA Waterloo - Will Ban the Box be your Waterloo?

December 4th, 2019

Bridget Penick and Cara Donels at Fredrikson & Byron

Napolean bunny part still

So say you are Napoleon and you live in Waterloo, Iowa. And you are about to raise an army and go conquer stuff. First order of business is hiring your (literal) lieutenants.

Do you ask said potential lieutenant if they have a criminal record?  Of course not - having a criminal record would not disqualify a candidate from helping you vanquish a territory, and perhaps may even carry some skills you could use along the way.

Perhaps allow Bridget Penick and Cara Donels to temper your army-raising and conquering-stuff ambitions and lower expectations to somewhere around not breaking the law as they help you understand the new "Ban the Box" ordinance and provide four steps to help you prepare.

Murder by Death

December 2nd, 2019


Murder by death

From imdb:

Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

The Royal Tenenbaums

December 2nd, 2019


The royal tenenbaums

From imdb:

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Knives Out

December 2nd, 2019


Knives out

From imdb:

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.


OR Required break for a meal. Period.

November 26th, 2019

Jean Ohman Back and Tom Payne at Schwabe

Is this lunch

Don't care what you call it - lunch, meal, snack, dinner - you have to require your Oregon employees to take a meal period. Not only do you have to provide the opportunity, you have to require they take an uninterupted 30-minute meal period. And you, as the emplooyer, have to be able to prove that the employee took their meal period.

The Oregon Court of Appeals found that employers "are in a unique position to enforce mandatory meal periods necessary for the perservation of the health of employees." No word yet on night-time curfews, bed checks or mandatory story-and-a-tuck-in.

Jean Ohman Back and Tom Payne provide more.