Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

Joan is a member of Dickinson’s litigation and employment groups and has significant experience in state and federal courts with complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, including matters involving non-compete and trade secret litigation, and insurance defense litigation.

Additionally, since 2002, Joan has represented employers in the defense of OSHA citations, including reaching successful resolutions through informal and formal settlement processes.  She has been involved in the defense of OSHA citations involving fatalities, amputations and other significant injuries at all levels, from administrative proceedings, through appeals to state district court and the Iowa Court of Appeals and Iowa Supreme Court.  Joan has also successfully represented clients in informal investigations by OSHA, resulting in no citation being issued.  She has experience defending employers against OSHA related whistleblower and retaliation claims.

Joan’s experience involves a wide variety of business sectors, including but not limited to:

  • agricultural services 
  • construction
  • food processors, manufacturers and retailers
  • governmental entities
  • heating and cooling
  • industrial biosciences
  • manufacturing facilities
  • pipeline
  • renewable energy
  • transportation and delivery

Joan has earned an AV rating from her peers in Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and adherence to the professional standards of conduct and ethics. She has been selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation – Labor & Employment. Joan has also been selected for inclusion in the Iowa Super Lawyers list published by Great Plains Super Lawyers magazine. She is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America™ and a member of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Posted on 07/08/2016 at 10:20 AM by Joan Fletcher

Federal OSHA penalty increases take effect in August 2016

In response to a November 2015 mandate from Congress that federal agencies adjust their civil penalties to account for i...

Posted on 05/27/2016 at 01:13 PM by Joan Fletcher

OSHA's revised recordkeeping requirements: Your injury and illness reports are going public

Under OSHA’s current Recordkeeping Regulation (29 CFR 1904) employers with more than 10 employees and whose busine...

Posted on 04/25/2016 at 11:35 AM by Joan Fletcher

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a final rule updating the references in OSHA’...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:24 AM by Joan Fletcher

Supreme Court holds severance payments are taxable wages under FICA

In United States v. Quality Stores Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1395 (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court recently considered whether seve...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:24 AM by Joan Fletcher

Reminder: Iowa OSHA Form 300A Posting Requirements

The February 1, 2013 date for posting the Iowa OSHA Form 300A is almost here. If you have not done so already, it’s time...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:24 AM by Joan Fletcher

Reminder: Iowa OSHA Form 300A posting requirements

It’s that time of year again, and I’m BAAACK! The February 1, 2014 date for posting the Iowa OSHA Form 300A is almost he...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:24 AM by Joan Fletcher

Reminder: February 1, 2016 OSHA Form 300A Posting Deadline

If you have not already done so, it's time to prepare the Form 300A, the annual summary of injuries and illnesses re...
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