Iowa Labor Law Board

The Iowa Labor Law Board offers a great deal of regulation to those of us that are living within Iowa. This governmental agency is the one that we should call on if we need help with our business or our boss. What’s more is that they govern quite a few aspects of our lives that we do not realize. Therefore, it is very important for those of us that are citizens of this state to realize what the current laws are as well as what is being done to improve our state, our employment opportunities as well as our safety and well being.

Providing information is a key aspect for the Department of Labor. They provide us with information such as how well the economy is doing in Iowa. Currently, the unemployment rate for the state is set at 3.6 percent, which is more than a full percent under the national unemployment rate and this number has steadily gone down most of this year. Providing this type of information allows the Iowa Labor Law Board to really be able to tell us how the state is doing in the job market and as compared to the rest of the country.

Another key aspect to the Iowa Labor Law Board is the setting of laws within the state. For example, the board is responsible for insuring that the minimum rate paid to workers in the state is fair. Currently, the minimum wage for Iowa is that of $5.15 cents, which the national rate is. But, there is talk about this rate being increased and it is sure that the Iowa Labor Law Board is considering whether or not raising this rate is the right thing to do currently. No matter what happens, it is important to know who is in charge of regulating all of these laws and insuring that our life and our lifestyle are maintained because of it.

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Amy

July 16, 2008 at 9:40 am

Can listing my resume on a website be grounds for being fired from my current job?

Amelia

July 16, 2008 at 11:52 am

Hi Amy! For a complete answer to this, and all you HR questions, please post them on our sister site at http://www.laborlawtalk.com. And thanks for reading the blogs! Amelia

Robert Branch

July 23, 2008 at 11:13 am

I would like to know if a company can work you seven days a week for as long as thay want? And penalize you a point for each day you miss, and half a point if you leave early? And all this even if you have a doctor excuse? We work anywhere from eight to twelve hours.

Amelia

July 23, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Hi Robert! For complete answers to all your HR questions, please post them on our sister site at http://www.laborlawtalk.com. And thanks for reading the blogs! Amelia

Randy Dall

August 1, 2008 at 9:34 am

I would like to know if your superviser can suspend you from work after you ask him a question and then he harasses you and then sends you home ?

Amelia

August 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Hi Randy! For a complete answer, please post this question on our sister site, at http://www.laborlawtalk.com. You might also want to provide a little more detail. It matters whether the question was “Is the new schedule up?” or “How did you get so darn stupid?” ;-). Thanks for reading the blog! Amelia

sharon

November 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm

My check stubs don’t look correct, my boss is not paying in unemployment taxes, or any taxes, but he is deducting taxes from my check. What should I do. I also ahave 2 check stubs with the same check number 4 weeks apart.

Amelia

November 19, 2009 at 12:28 am

Hi sharon! First of all, if your employer is not paying unemployment taxes, social security, etc. that is against the law. You should report him to the Iowa Labor Services Division at: http://www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/. However, the employer is probably deducting income taxes from your paycheck, which is a legitimate deduction. If too much is withheld, you can get a refund on your taxes when you file a tax return. HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!~ Amelia

Dave

March 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm

If you work 44hrs one week and 36hrs on the next week, does overtime have to be paid for the 4 hours. My wifes boss says that they get paid evry 2 weeks so he dosnt have to pay overtime because its only 80 hours. I think you have to pay for anything over 40. Which way is right.

Thanks Dave

Amelia

March 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Hi Dave! If the employer is covered by the federal overtime law, you are correct. The FLSA or Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid overtime when they work more than 40 hours in the payroll week — regardless of how often payroll checks are issued. If your wife’s employer does not respond, she should file an overtime complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor at http://www.dol.gov.HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!~ Amelia

beth

June 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

i broke my leg in 5 places in sept of 2009 & used FMLA for 12 weeks. I recently had lung surgery which was supposed to be minimally invasive with a 3 week recovery period. I had 3 weeks of vacation I used. The surgery didnt go well i ended up having a lobectomy (removal of lower lung) my vacation is over tommorrow but my surgeon will not release me back to work until july 1st. Iam a nurse & my employer says it would be in my best interest to quit & reapply when i am healthy. well losing my job & having no insurance would not be in my best interest! I have been employed there as a nurse for 10 yrs. My question is can they fire me, if I am under a drs care?

Amelia

June 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Hi beth! The employer is 1 for 2. It is NOT in your best interest to quit — it is in the employer’s best interest for you to quit, because then you will not qualify for unemployment benefits, once you improve. However, what the employer is telling you is that they intend to fire you — keeping your job is not an option. It is a choice between getting fired and quitting.

This partly depends upon how much you trust this employer. It sounds like they are saying “If you quit now, we will rehire you when you are physically able to return to work.” Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that they will do so. And if they don’t, by quitting, you have given up your opportunity to collect unemployment benefits.

Yes, the employer can fire you if you are under a doctor’s care. FMLA requires the employer to give a worker up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a serious health condition, and return the employee to his or her job. However, there is no Iowa or federal law that requires the employer to give you more leave. Example: If Tina had cancer and had to take 20 weeks off work, the employer could fire her when she was unable to return to work after 12 weeks.

If your condition qualifies as a permanent disability (and it very well might, since you are now missing a portion of your lung) you may be entitled to additional unpaid time off under ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Check out http://www.eeoc.gov for more info. At the very least, tell the employer that you have a disability — that may slow down the termination process.

Even if you are are terminated, if the employer has more than 20 employees, you will be able to extend your health insurance coverage for up to 18 months (possibly more) under COBRA. (Even smaller companies are covered by a mini-Cobra law that permits you to keep your insurance, although the rate may be higher.)

Nurses are in very high demand. A reasonable employer would consider you for rehire, even if they fire you now for poor attendance due to a serious health problem. If this employer is so unreasonable they would not consider taking you back, then you probably don’t want to work for them, anyway. HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!~ Amelia

SHARRON

September 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I have three weeks vacation but the company only opens hours so you can never get a full week vacation to take a trip. This is something they have just started during the last two years. They say it is for business reasons. Big company

Amelia

September 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hi SHARRON! This is entirely legal. In fact, the employer could give you only one day of vacation at a time, and dictate the date. Or, they could legally give you no paid vacation days at all. There is no federal or Iowa law that requires an employer to give paid vacations to workers. If they do give such vacations, the employer determines the policies surrounding them. This policy is probably short-sighted. Studies show that employees who take a week or more of vacation, once or twice per year, are more productive. However, this tactic is legal. HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!~ Amelia

jerry nupp

December 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

is there a mandatory breaktime law for c-stores? if so, how often and how long?

Amelia

December 31, 2010 at 11:51 am

Hi jerry! No. Nineteen U.S. states have laws that require meal or rest breaks for employees in all industries. Iowa does not. Nor does Iowa (or any state) have a law that provides breaks only for employees at convenience stores.

OSHA federal worker safety regulations require that an employee be permitted to us the toilet when nature calls. Unfortunately, that rule does not include any other activities such as smoking or making cell phone calls, which can be conducted in the bathroom. Worker safety regulations may also require that an employer allow workers to drink water while on duty, particularly in hot weather. However, they do not require any breaks in convenience stores. HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!~ Amelia

jerry

July 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

you never answered my question about banking hours that I posted in early June 2011. Please advise

Amelia

December 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

Hi Jerry! Unfortunately, we are shutting down the comments section of this blog. Our staff will continue to respond to questions or concerns posted as comments on http://www.humanresourceblog.com. You can post your question or comment there. HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!~ Amelia

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