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

Russell L. Samson practices primarily in the area of employment law, including traditional labor law, exclusively representing employers in the private sector. He advises clients in the areas of union representation, unfair labor practices, negotiating contracts and union grievances. He also counsels, advises and represents employers in personnel matters ranging from policy creation and documentation, restructuring of personnel to investigating, responding to and defending against claims of unlawful discrimination and wrongful discharge. He has served as the chapter labor attorney to Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa since 1988.

Posted on 12/21/2017 at 08:31 AM by Russell Samson


On February 26, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board issued an order vacating its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Co...

Posted on 06/21/2017 at 01:30 PM by Russell Samson

2017 alcohol testing amendments to Iowa's private sector drug-testing statute

On May 9, 2017, then-Governor Terry Branstad signed Iowa Senate File 32, “An Act relating to private sector employ...

Posted on 06/07/2017 at 10:33 AM by Russell Samson

2017 amendments to Iowa's private sector drug-testing statute allow for testing hair samples of prospective employees only

On May 9, 2017, then-Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 32, “An Act relating to private sector employee dr...

Posted on 01/26/2017 at 11:35 AM by Russell Samson

How not to lose the attorney-client privilege over communications with your attorney

A recent ruling from a federal magistrate judge in the Western District of New York in a motion to compel called to mind...

Posted on 12/01/2016 at 06:58 AM by Russell Samson

No last minute "stay" of federal OSHA "no retaliation" rules

On November 28, 2016, Dallas, Texas based United States District Court Judge Sam Lindsay issued an order denying a preli...

Posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:06 PM by Russell Samson

Iowa's Voting Leave Law helps Iowa employees "Get Out the Vote"

In 2012, we wrote about Iowa’s voting leave law.  As a reminder, Iowa Code Section 49.109 requires that...

Posted on 07/27/2016 at 10:29 AM by Russell Samson

Employers need requirements for immediate reporting of work-related injuries and post-accident drug-testing policies

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor published in...

Posted on 06/08/2016 at 01:10 PM by Russell Samson

Employer reminder: Mandatory "military leave" includes short notice leave for "funeral honors duty"

“The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that, upon request, a funeral honors detail is provided for the funeral of...
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