Is Your Business at Risk for Coronavirus Lawsuits, and What Can You Do NOW To Avoid It?

By: Michael Dee | 04.06.2020

  Whether you are a small business, large business or even a government entity, are you ready (or preparing your business) for the onslaught of lawsuits resulting from the pandemic?  Google “coronavirus lawsuits” — over 300 billion hits. Unfortunately, a number of those hits are plaintiffs’ class action law firms asking people to submit information Read…

Interim Final Rule Issued for Paycheck Protection Program April 3, 2020

By: Ellen Hames | 04.03.2020

  On April 3, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an Interim Final Rule regarding the Paycheck Protection Program, accessible here: https://content.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/PPP–IFRN%20FINAL.pdf (the “Rules”).  These Rules implement the Paycheck Protection Program sections (sections 1102 and 1106) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which provides loans to eligible small businesses Read…

H-1B Lottery Concluded – Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1

By: Caitlin Klingenberg |

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that the H-1B electronic registration process and the FY2021 lottery has concluded. Employers are now eligible to file a FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petition — provided they electronically registered the beneficiary in the H-1B registration process, and the registration was selected in the lottery.  The Read…

Leading Through Chaos

By: Brian McCormac | 04.02.2020

  I recently had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on “Leading through Chaos” with Dawn Buzynski of Strategic America and Vince Newendorp of Vermeer.  Little did any of us know that about two weeks later the stock market would crater, a global pandemic would cause most of the nation to be placed Read…

Do You Have Insurance for Lost Business Due to COVID-19?

By: James White | 03.31.2020

  Unless you are extraordinarily fortunate, your business will surely see a drop in revenue due to the economic slowdown caused by the virus.  Do you have insurance coverage for this?  Past world events such as the Ebola outbreak, 9/11 and hurricanes can provide some guidance.  Rest assured, however, that insurance companies will be inundated Read…

COVID-19 and Essential Service Personnel Guidance

By: Catherine Cownie |

  The Iowa Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) provided guidance last week related to COVID-19 isolation requirements for essential service personnel.  Essential services personnel include: Healthcare providers; Law enforcement; Fire & EMS personnel; Long-Term Care personnel; Residential Support Facility personnel; and Public Health & Emergency Management personnel. The guidance provides information about when essential services Read…

Your Company Just Enabled a Remote Workplace. . . but is it Secure?

By: James Pray |

  The rapid spread of COVID-19 in the US has forced many companies to establish remote access to their systems in order to continue to operate. As an attorney working with clients on data security matters, I am seeing an uptick in compromised Microsoft Office 365 accounts as companies make the transition. Office 365 is Read…

What do I do if I am ready to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the SBA?

By: Amy Johnson | 03.30.2020

  1 – Call your lender: Chances are they are already a Small Business Administration (SBA) lender or will be designated as one soon. If your lender is not an SBA lender, check out sba.gov for a list of lending institutions that are. 2 – Gather the necessary information about your business: Interim 2020 Income Read…

Iowa Workforce Development Changes Policy on Unemployment Benefits and PTO

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  Iowa Workforce Development announced today that effective immediately, employees who are or will be laid off, or are unable to work for COVID-19-related reasons, will not be required to use all available paid leave before becoming eligible to receive Iowa unemployment benefits. This change is not retroactive and claims will not be backdated. This Read…

The CARES Act – How Could It Impact Your Tax Situation?

By: Christopher Nuss |

  Late Friday, March 27, President Trump signed the third stimulus package (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or CARES) Act) with an estimated cost of $2 trillion to help offset the effects of the COVID-19 virus. The Act contains many tax-related provisions for both businesses and individuals. Of most importance are the following, Read…