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…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 15 Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 04.26.2021

House and Senate Republicans have agreed to spending $100 million next fiscal year as part of a statewide broadband expansion effort. The House GOP folded the funding into the Administration and Regulation budget bill (HF 867) which passed last Wednesday on a party-line vote, 55-37. Governor Kim Reynolds has made rapid broadband expansion one of Read…

NLRB Acting General Counsel Calls for “Vigorous Enforcement” and Expansion of Employee Protections

By: Nate Borland | 04.15.2021

  On March 31, 2021, Peter Sung Ohr, the Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), issued a memorandum calling for the “vigorous enforcement” of employee protections under the National Labor Relations Act. The memorandum forecasts a significant shift in strategy for the NLRB’s policing of employee relations in union and non-union businesses, taking a more Read…

Don’t Jump the Gun on COVID-19 Recovery: Employers and Business Owners Should Review OSHA Compliance

By: Benjamin Merrill | 03.24.2021

  In February, a U.S. House sub-committee launched an investigation into how major meat processors and OSHA responded to COVID-19. During the prior administration, OSHA issued only eight COVID-related citations. With a new administration in charge, we anticipate renewed energy and enforcement from OSHA in the coming year. Employers should make a conscious effort to Read…

IWD Adopts New Rule in Response to COVID-19 and the Federal CARES Act

By: Casey Alesch | 03.23.2021

  Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) has adopted a new rule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal CARES Act that requires employers to notify their employees of the availability of unemployment insurance upon separation or a reduction of hours.   Prior to the emergency enactment of this new rule in August of 2020, Iowa employers were required to post notices or Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Nine Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 03.13.2021

  Lawmakers are shifting their focus toward floor debate following last Friday’s procedural deadline for most committee work. That includes the House overwhelmingly passing two bills aimed at increasing child care access across the state. HF 712 would offer developers tax credits for building child care facilities. Sixty percent of the funds would initially be Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Eight Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 03.08.2021

  Lawmakers raced to advance dozens of bills in an effort to beat last Friday’s “first funnel” procedural deadline. Most bills that didn’t pass both subcommittee and full committee in either the House or Senate by March 5 are now “dead” for the remainder of this legislative session. The main exceptions are bills dealing with Read…

Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Thresholds Lowered for 2021

By: Margaret Hibbs | 03.03.2021

On February 1, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the new 2021 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”) notification thresholds.  The FTC is required to annually update the HSR thresholds based on the change in gross national product.  The new thresholds were published in the Federal Register on February 2, 2021, and will Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Seven Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 02.26.2021

Schools will receive a 2.4% funding increase under a bill Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law Tuesday. House and Senate Republicans reached a compromise on the spending measure earlier this month. Reynolds and the House had supported a 2.5% increase, while the Senate GOP favored a 2.2% hike. Although the funding levels in SF 269 Read…