2020 NAIC Summit Recap

By: Maureen Henderson | 10.07.2020

  The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) hosted their 2020 Virtual Insurance Summit in a new two-week format during September 8-10 & 15-17, 2020. The Insurance Summit is hosted by NAIC and the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR). This premier event brings together innovators and regulators to explore the future of insurance regulation. Building Read…

BrownWinick Managing Partner Chris Sackett Signs CEO Commitment to Racial Equity in DSM

By: BrownWinick | 09.30.2020

  BrownWinick is proud to announce that Chris Sackett, Managing Partner of BrownWinick, has recently signed the CEO Commitment to Racial Equity in DSM. This initiative is led by the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Inclusion Council in collaboration with the Directors Council as well as Capital Crossroads leadership. The initiative calls on CEOs and top-level Read…

BrownWinick Attorney Loree Nelson Inducted to the American College of Trial Lawyers

By: BrownWinick | 09.28.2020

  BrownWinick is excited to announce that attorney Loree Nelson has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony at which Loree Nelson became a Fellow took place Thursday, September 24th during the recent 2020 Annual Meeting of the College Read…

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…

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…

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…