Producers Receive Additional Relief for 2020 Crop Year with CFAP 2

By: Colin Hendricks | 09.24.2020

  The USDA released a Final Rule to announce the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) on Friday, September 18, 2020. Applications will be accepted through county FSA offices from Monday, September 21 through December 11, 2020, or until the allocated $14 billion runs out. So, what’s CFAP 2, and how Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Break Fundraising Record for Variety – The Children’s Charity

By: BrownWinick | 09.17.2020

  BrownWinick is proud to congratulate attorneys Ashley Fuhrmeister, Karen Karr & Allison Lindner on their effort in making the 2020 Polo on the Green a record breaking year for Variety – The Children’s Charity of Iowa. Ashley, Karen and Allison served as co-chairs of this year’s Polo on the Green event. Typically, Polo on Read…

Department of Justice Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

By: Maureen Henderson | 09.14.2020

  Earlier this summer, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division updated its guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs first published in early 2017. The updates reflect the DOJ’s expectation that compliance programs should not be stagnant and need to change with the company’s risk profile.  In its analysis, the Read…

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Changes You Should Know

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  A decision out of New York prompted the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue a revised rule on the FFCRA which is scheduled to take effect 9/16/2020. The revisions cover five main areas: The Department reaffirms that paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave may be taken only if the employee has Read…

New CMS COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

By: Sarah Wilson | 09.01.2020

  On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly filed an unpublished Rule related to COVID-19 testing requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities. The Final Rule is scheduled for publication on September 2, 2020 and will go into effect immediately. CMS issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors on Read…

Trademark Consent and Coexistence Agreements

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 08.24.2020

  Usually, an entity registers their trademark to prevent consumer confusion and/or unpermitted use of their valuable branding. However, due to the sheer volume of new businesses annually and their tendency for rapid growth, it is not uncommon for two or more companies to use extremely similar marks without knowledge of the others’ existence. Most Read…

USCIS Conducts Second H-1B Lottery

By: Caitlin Klingenberg |

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has conducted a second H-1B lottery to select additional FY 2021 H-1B Cap cases. BrownWinick first reported the conclusion of the H-1B lottery selection in April; however, employers began to receive notifications of case selection late last week.  This second lottery is in an effort to fill the Read…

Department of Homeland Security Issues Guidance on Exemptions to Travel Bans

By: Caitlin Klingenberg |

  The Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance on exemptions to travel bans, specifically detailing exemptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052, which together suspend the entry of certain immigrant visa applicants, and foreign nationals who present a risk to the U.S. economic recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19, until December 31, 2020 Read…

EU Court Rejects Privacy Shield, EU/U.S. Initiates Discussion on Alternatives

By: Thomas Story |

  Privacy Shield, a program created by the U.S. Department of Commerce in conjunction with the European Union and Switzerland to help U.S. organizations conform to EU data privacy law when handling data, was invalidated in a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on July 16, 2020. The Court first ruled Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List

By: BrownWinick | 08.21.2020

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 26 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the Read…