Iowa Enacts a New Law on Employer Vaccination Mandates and Unemployment Insurance

By: Danielle Smid | 11.08.2021

On October 29, 2021, Iowa passed and enacted House File 902 which establishes new requirements for employers mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees.  The new law also affects unemployment benefits for employees who are discharged for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  In reviewing the summary below, keep in mind that the law includes applicants Read…

Vaccinations in the Workplace

By: Danielle Smid | 08.12.2021

  As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads, many employers are becoming increasingly concerned about the health and safety of their workforce and have again begun looking toward additional safety measures to combat COVID-19 in the workplace. Such measures include but are not limited to mandatory vaccinations (showing proof of their vaccination status) for employees. When Read…

New EEOC Guidance on Vaccinations

By: Danielle Smid | 06.21.2021

  As Americans continue to be vaccinated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to CDC recommendations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its COVID-19 guidance on May 28, 2021, regarding employers and COVID-19 vaccines.  The new EEC guidance on vaccinations update is in the form of Q&As relating to mandatory vaccination Read…

OSHA Issues New Standards for Healthcare Employers and Updated its Guidance for Non-Healthcare Employers Regarding COVID-19

By: Danielle Smid | 06.13.2021

On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health and Administration (OSHA) issued new standards for healthcare employers and updated its guidance for non-healthcare employers regarding COVID-19. For non-healthcare employers, the updated guidance relies on and is consistent with the CDC’s recent recommendations that fully vaccinated people may resume activities without wearing masks or physically Read…

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

By: Danielle Smid | 08.27.2020

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are vital to the success of every business. Diversity and inclusion is a company’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse workplace where individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life are able to participate and contribute comfortably and equally. Successful implementation will improve and enhance work experiences Read…

Webinar: COVID-19 & Unemployment Law changes in Iowa

By: Danielle Smid | 03.25.2020

  Click HERE to view webinar BrownWinick attorney Dani Smid explains the changes to unemployment law in Iowa due to the impact of COVID-19. Dani Joins Daniel Beenken from Advance Iowa & the UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation.   Danielle SmidMEMBER OFFICE: 515-242-2415 MOBILE: 515-669-7165 EMAIL: danielle.smid@brownwinick.com Read…

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Impact on Iowa Business: Guidance for Employers

By: Danielle Smid | 03.24.2020

  Join BrownWinick attorneys and the President of Iowa Association of Business and Industry as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Iowa business plus new guidance for employers.  Resources: ABI COVID-19 Resource Page BrownWinick COVID-19 Resource Page Panelists: Drew Larson – Attorney, BrownWinick Law Firm Danielle Smid – Attorney, BrownWinick Law Firm Mike Ralston Read…

Option for Avoiding Total Layoffs During COVID-19

By: Danielle Smid | 03.18.2020

  This is not a new program but has new features to assist employers in trying to avoid layoffs. Iowa Workforce Development describes its “Voluntary Shared Work Program Unemployment Insurance Benefits” (VSW) below: “The program is intended for use as an alternative to layoffs and can be an effective tool for Iowa businesses experiencing a Read…