Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

By: Amy Johnson | 05.28.2020

  The House passed a bill this afternoon that would provide businesses with greater flexibility with regard to their uses of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The legislation — titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act — was introduced by Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas and Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota. It is Read…

DOL Issues Final Rule On Retail or Service Establishment Commissioned Sales Exemption

By: Megan Erickson Moritz |

  The United States Department of Labor issued a final rule to simplify application of the commissioned sales exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Under that exemption, an employee may be treated as exempt from the FLSA overtime requirement if:  (1) the employee works in a “retail or service” establishment, (2) earns a Read…

Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

By: Ann Holden Kendell |

  Eight members of our Employment Practice Group have prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Beth Coonan, Ann Kendell, Megan Moritz, Danielle Smid, Amy Howells, Caitlin Klingenberg, Tess Pocock, and Ryan Shellady. The Read…

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – CFAP

By: Colin Hendricks | 05.22.2020

  The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced very high-level details regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (“CFAP”) on April 17, 2020. The CFAP is designed to provide money directly to crop and livestock producers to solidify the food chain during COVID-19. Finally, one month after the initial release, the USDA has issued an Read…

Guidance Regarding PPP Forgiveness

By: Amy Johnson | 05.18.2020

  On Friday, the SBA released much-anticipated guidance regarding the forgiveness component of Paycheck Protection Program loans: SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application The guidance includes the forgiveness worksheet that borrowers will be required to fill out as well as information on the types of documentation that borrowers will need to Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues Third FAQ to Assist Dentists with Practice Re-Openings

By: Amy Howells |

  The Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a third FAQ to address questions received in response to the “Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice” and the first and second FAQs previously released. The new FAQ addresses questions from dentists about various topics, including: use of half facepiece respirators, defining “potential exposure” Read…

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Announced a New COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

By: David Breiner | 05.13.2020

  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program.  Under this new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to patent applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination. In addition, the USPTO Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues New FAQ to Clarify Guidance for Dental Practice Re-Openings

By: Amy Howells | 05.11.2020

  With many dental offices reopening or preparing to reopen for elective procedures this week, the Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a second FAQ to address questions received in response to the  “Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice” issued last week. The original FAQ is also still available for reference. The Read…

Dental Services to Resume in Iowa on May 8th

By: Amy Howells | 05.07.2020

  On May 6th, Governor Reynolds issued a new proclamation allowing Iowa dentists to resume providing services as of 5:00 a.m. on May 8th, if certain requirements are met. Those requirements are: Dental services are provided in compliance with the Iowa Dental Board Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice approved and adopted by Read…

Iowa Tax Update for COVID-19

By: Maggie Simonson |

  Filing and Tax Payment Extensions to July 31, 2020 and Possibly January 31, 2021 The Iowa Department of Revenue has extended the tax return filing and payment deadline to July 31, 2020 for certain individual, composite (nonresident partners), partnership, corporate, S corporation, fiduciary (not including Iowa Form 706 Inheritance Tax returns), franchise, and moneys Read…