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…

BrownWinick Welcomes Law Students to 2021 Summer Associate Program

By: BrownWinick | 06.01.2021

  BrownWinick is thrilled to welcome six law students to our 2021 Summer Associate Program. The 12-week program is designed to offer second-year law students the benefit of working at a full-service law firm while providing the personal attention more characteristic of a smaller firm. Summer associates work closely with lawyers of all levels on cases Read…

Chambers USA 2021 Recognizes BrownWinick Attorneys and Practices

By: BrownWinick | 05.25.2021

BrownWinick, a preeminent business law firm with offices in Des Moines and Pella, has once again been ranked among leading law firms in the exclusive Chambers USA 2021 Guide. The Chambers USA 2021 Guide is compiled through a research-based review that evaluates the multiple practice areas of hundreds of law firms through investigative research and Read…

Attorney Justin G. Allen Joins the BrownWinick Litigation Team

By: BrownWinick | 05.18.2021

  BrownWinick is thrilled to announce Justin G. Allen has joined the firm’s Litigation practice where he will assist clients in general litigation, government regulation, and white-collar criminal defense. Justin joins BrownWinick from the Polk County Attorney’s Office where he’s been a prosecutor for the previous 18 years. During his time with the Polk County Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 18 Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 05.17.2021

The Senate has advanced a sweeping tax bill crafted as a compromise between the chamber and Governor Kim Reynolds. SF 619 cleared both the Ways and Means and Appropriations Committees last Tuesday, making it eligible for floor debate. Among other things, the measure would remove the revenue benchmarks the state must meet, or “triggers” for Read…

State of Iowa Ending Participation in COVID-Related Unemployment Programs Next Month

By: Megan Erickson Moritz | 05.12.2021

  Citing a strong labor market, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced yesterday that on June 12, 2021, the state will be ending its participation in federal COVID-related unemployment benefit programs.  These enhanced unemployment benefits were made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act of 2020, and provide certain supplemental unemployment benefits Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 17 Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 05.10.2021

  The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed a tax proposal last Thursday (HF 893)—the day after the Senate and Governor Kim Reynolds introduced their own compromise bill (SSB 1276). Mental health funding is one of the main differences between the two proposals. Reynolds and the Senate are calling to phase out the mental Read…

Four New Attorneys Join BrownWinick

By: BrownWinick | 05.05.2021

BrownWinick is excited to announce the addition of Nate Borland, Ross Curnow, Jeff Pierick and Caitlin Stachon to the BrownWinick Team. Nate Borland has joined the Employment law team with a primary area of expertise is in labor and employment law, including counseling, investigations, and trial practice. Nate graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2009, Read…

Pandemic Poses Potential Re-Entry Problems for Lawful Permanent Residents Abroad

By: BrownWinick | 05.03.2021

  We are now several weeks beyond the one-year anniversary of the declaration by the World Health Organization recognizing COVID-19 as a global pandemic. While historic vaccine rollout accelerates across the United States, worldwide vaccine distribution efforts display inequities elsewhere. Moreover, travel restrictions, lockdowns, quarantine orders and reluctant travelers remain commonplace. These barriers create certain Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 16 Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 04.30.2021

The 2021 Iowa legislative session has officially gone into overtime as lawmakers continue crafting next year’s budget. Bills covering 10 major areas of spending, including Education and Health and Human Services, are eligible for floor debate in at least one chamber. The Senate unanimously passed its Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals appropriations bill (SF 592) Wednesday. Read…