Employers May Apply for the Voluntary Shared Work Program

By: Ann Holden Kendell | 03.26.2020

  Employers may apply for the Voluntary Shared Work Program which permits employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with unemployment insurance benefits. Employees who remain employed, even part time, under this program, would not be required to exhaust Read…

Identification of “Essential Business” Employees

By: Amy Johnson |

  As more cities and states are moving to require citizens to “shelter in place,” how do “essential business” employees identify themselves?  The “shelter in place” orders that have been issued so far have been issued by city or state governments.  Each order may have specific nuances; however, the general employee identification form will be similar. Read…

Determining Whether Your Business Qualifies as Essential

By: Brennan Block |

  More and more state and local governments are issuing “stay at home” orders that require all non-essential businesses to cease operations and send employees home. We’ve received many client questions regarding the ramifications of these orders, the definition of an “essential business,” and the registration requirements for essential businesses. Currently, Iowa does not have Read…

Sweeping Telemedicine Expansion Ordered to Combat COVID-19

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 03.25.2020

The need for access to health care is growing by the day. As hospitals and clinics are seeing an extremely high volume of patients seeking treatment related to COVID-19, other care avenues must be considered. In addition to the increased need for treatment, public health officials are encouraging individuals, specifically those considered to be “high Read…

Webinar: COVID-19 & Unemployment Law changes in Iowa

By: Danielle Smid |

  Click HERE to view webinar BrownWinick attorney Dani Smid explains the changes to unemployment law in Iowa due to the impact of COVID-19. Dani Joins Daniel Beenken from Advance Iowa & the UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation.    Read…

Homeland Security’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: E-Verify and Form I-9 Temporary Policies

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented several changes to the Form I-9 and E-Verify programs to alleviate concerns and burdens for employers. Form I-9 Policies As employers are likely aware, Form I-9, which provides verification of work authorization for employees, possesses the requirement that the employer be Read…

DOL Updates Effective Date and Issues Model Notice Posters

By: Megan Erickson Moritz |

As noted in our last post, the Department of Labor announced the effective date of the new federal leave laws is April 1, and not April 2. In related news, today, the Department of Labor has issued its model notice posters for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Leave under the FFCRA.   The Read…

COVID-19 Immigration Q&A for Employers

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  What impact does “work-from-home” and “social distancing” have on my foreign labor force? Many non-immigrant visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, O, P, R, etc.) are tied to particular work-sites and activities performed at specific locations. Employers that are asking their employees to work from home may need to file new Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) or Read…

Clarification Provided on Remote Notarizations

By: Karen Karr |

  On March 24, 2020, the Iowa Secretary of State issued guidance for remote notarizations. It clarifies that remote notarization must comply with Section 6 of Senate File 475 and Iowa Administrative Code 721-43, Iowa Code chapter 9B, as summarized in our previous post, Remote Notary Now an Option. Per the Iowa Secretary of State’s Read…

Slashing Costs? Don’t Let The Abandonment Of Your IP Portfolio Be “A Permanent Reminder Of A Temporary Feeling.”

By: Christopher Proskey |

  Economic crisis, Jimmy Buffett and IP portfolios, here we go. I’ve spent the last two weeks talking with clients, colleagues and friends all over the world trying to wrap my head around the current situation we’re in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These conversations have confirmed the entire world is doing what Read…