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Registration for the 22nd Annual Water & Wastewater Operator's Workshop is now open.
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Hilton Garden Inn
205 S. 64th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266
Registration - 8:30 AM
Seminar - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Topics that will be covered:
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Client Alert: EEOC Releases Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation: Understanding the Most Frequently Alleged Discrimination Claims
Provided by Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
Understanding retaliation and implementing practices and procedures to address these claims is an important issue for employers. Allegations of retaliation are now the most frequently alleged civil rights claims, comprising nearly forty-five percent of all charges received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
On August 29, 2016, the EEOC released its long awaited Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues (Guidance). The new Guidance replaces the section on retaliation contained in the EEOC's 1998 Compliance Manual and is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of retaliation in light of increased filings and key United States Supreme Court decisions.
The Guidance provides a detailed overview of the EEOC's position regarding retaliation, including numerous examples of potential scenarios. A summary of the Guidance is included below.
by Patrick D. Smith, Attorney with the law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C.
How to best accommodate pregnant employees is a frequent challenge Iowa employers face. Pregnant employees may be entitled to protection under the laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, as well as those laws requiring equal treatment based upon gender and disability. Many employers, including municipal employers, have tried to walk this fine line with policies that allow for accommodation of a temporary disability only if it is the result of an on‐the‐job injury. For non‐work related temporary disabilities (which presumably includes pregnancy almost all the time), no accommodation is offered.
The theory behind such policies is to treat similarly situated employees equally, regardless of gender or the nature of the temporary disability. The distinction is drawn between work and non‐work causes of the temporary disability. The rationale for treating on‐the‐job injuries differently is that the workers’ compensation law provides an incentive to return injured workers to work as soon as possible, so as to avoid paying benefits for temporary total disability.
From EPA’s Greenstream, 9/16/2016
“EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities invites communities to apply for targeted technical assistance to help overcome barriers to implementing smart growth development approaches. Communities can choose from tools to help them make development more equitable, attract infill development, assess policies in small towns and rural areas, improve resilience to floods, or promote streets that are safe for all users and provide environmental benefits.
The Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected communities using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. EPA delivers the assistance using teams of experts who conduct one- to two-day workshops in the selected communities. After the workshop, the community gets a next-steps memo with specific actions it can take if it chooses to implement the ideas generated in the workshop.
From Patti Cale-Finnegan, DNR’s SRF Coordinator, email@example.com
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released handbooks covering what is and what isn't eligible for the Drinking Water SRF and the Clean Water SRF.
Drinking Water SRF Eligibility Handbook
This statement in the handbook sums up the purpose of the DWSRF: “The principal objective of the DWSRF is to facilitate compliance with national primary drinking water regulations or otherwise significantly advance the public health protection objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
Clean Water SRF Eligibility White Paper
This statement from the white paper sums up the balance between federal rules and state innovation in the CWSRF: “The 51 state programs have the flexibility to direct funding to their particular environmental needs. In addition, each state program may have its own statutes, rules, and regulations that guide project eligibilities. This paper represents a set of examples of what may be eligible at the national level. Within these parameters, each state program will determine what projects and borrowers are eligible to receive assistance.”
Save the date for a Municipal Utility Law 101 Workshop on November 3rd!
This one-day workshop will provide an overview of a wide range of important municipal utility related legal topics, and is designed for municipal utility personnel including general managers, superintendents, finance officers, and even private attorneys looking for a municipal utility primer. Opportunities will provided to ask questions in advance of the workshop and throughout the presentations.
Topics will include:
Public Power Week, celebrated the first full week in October every year, is an opportunity for public power utilities to remind customers and stakeholders about the distinct advantages that public power offers.
Check out this page for resources from APPA to help you tell the public power story in your community.
In 2016, Public Power Week will be Oct. 2-8 (first full week of October).
Need help? Email us at PublicPowerWeek@publicpower.org.
APGA invites its members to take part in the annual, national tradition of Public Natural Gas Week (PNGW). PNGW is a nationwide observance that offers the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your public natural gas system and generate enthusiasm about the benefits of public natural gas. This year, PNGW will be October 2-8.
We hope that all APGA member utilities join us in this nationwide observance to honor the work and importance of locally-owned public natural gas systems. The American Public Gas Association is here to help you plan and promote your system’s PNGW celebrations.
Many APGA members do a wonderful job preparing promotional events and campaigns each year. For additional ideas, we encourage you to download sample materials that include a stock press release, op-ed, design templates and suggestions for events to celebrate the week in your community. We hope you find these materials helpful and that together we make 2016 Public Natural Gas Week one of the best yet!
Access the materials mentioned above at www.apga.org/PNGW. For questions on PNGW or to share how your system plans to celebrate the week, please contact Audrey Anderson of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is caused by the frequent & repeated use of hand-held vibrating tools; such as power drills, hammer drills, concrete vibrators, chainsaws, jackhammers, powered lawn mowers, brush cutters, pedestal grinders or oscillating tools. The loss of feeling or pins & needles in one or more fingers is usually one of the first symptoms of HAVS, followed by not being able to feel things with your fingers, loss of strength in your hands, tips of fingers going white (and possibly then red) and becoming painful in cold or wet weather.
The prevention of HAVS is key because once you experience the onset of symptoms, there is no cure.
Buy good quality, low vibration tools.