The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate (and More) is Here: Large Employers Must Ensure Employees are Fully Vaccinated or Tested Weekly by January 4, 2022… Unless the Courts Interject.

By: Jackson O'Brien | 11.08.2021

As discussed in our prior blog entry, on September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) would soon issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) which included a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for large employers.  OSHA’s ETS was finally released on November 4, 2021, and was met Read…

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

By: Jackson O'Brien |

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…

Government Relations Update – 10.29.21

By: BrownWinick | 10.29.2021

Yesterday, the Iowa Legislature met in a special session and approved the second redistricting map prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency (“LSA”). Every 10 years, states are required to redraw congressional and legislative district maps using updated U.S. Census population data. The Iowa Senate passed the new map by a vote of 48-1. The Read…

Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandates Have Arrived. OSHA’s Nationwide Private Sector Mandate is Close Behind.

By: Nate Borland | 10.26.2021

  Federal Contractors Targeted First On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, an Executive Order on “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” EO 14042 ordered federal departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments include a clause requiring prime contractors to comply with guidance from the Safer Federal Read…

Government Relations Update – 10.15.21

By: BrownWinick | 10.15.2021

October 15, 2021REC SUMMARYThe Revenue Estimating Conference (“REC”), comprised of a three-member panel (Kraig Paulsen, Holly Lyons, and David Underwood) met this morning (10/15/21) as part of their standard schedule of meetings to estimate future state revenues. A summary of the information discussed during the meeting is below, along with the attached spreadsheet distributed before the Read…

Iowa Court of Appeals Decision Serves as Cautionary Tale for Construction Contractors

By: James White | 10.08.2021

  The Iowa Court of Appeals issued a decision this week that sent a strong message to construction contractors – ignore your contracts at your own risk.  Specifically, the Court stated, “Contracts mean what they say. Here, a party that failed to follow what a contract said in terms of the procedure to change the Read…

U.S. Department of Agriculture to Invest in Renewable Energy Infrastructure

By: Haley Van Loon | 09.20.2021

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on September 9th that the Department will invest $464 million to improve the renewable energy infrastructure in 48 states and Puerto Rico. This program is designed to support rural communities, agricultural producers, and businesses. The USDA intends to prioritize a climate-smart infrastructure while building Read…

Government Relations Update – 9.15.21

By: BrownWinick | 09.15.2021

MICHAEL BOUSSELOT WINS ANKENY SPECIAL ELECTION   House District 37 will continue to be represented by a republican as Michael Bousselot defeated Andrea Phillips in yesterday’s special election. Bousselot, an attorney and former director of Iowa’s Department of Management, secured 51.58% of the vote. The democratic candidate Andrea Phillips received 48.30% of the vote. Those Read…

Gov. Reynolds Deputy Chief of Staff Joins BrownWinick

By: BrownWinick |

  BrownWinick Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Paige Thorson as a member to the firm. Thorson compliments the firm’s established government relations, insurance, health care, and energy and natural resources practices. Prior to joining BrownWinick, Thorson served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Kim Reynolds where she oversaw the governor’s Read…

An Update on Vaccine Incentives: Can Employers Raise Health Insurance Premiums for Unvaccinated Employees? 

By: Jackson O'Brien | 09.13.2021

  Last week, BrownWinick provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, including anticipated requirements from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). It is expected that these requirements will apply only to certain larger employers, although the anticipated rule is still in its early stages. Prior to last week’s announcement Read…