Rapid Testing – What Employers Need to Know

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 04.08.2020

  The FDA is granting unprecedented flexibility to labs to develop and offer COVID-19 tests across the country.  As one example, Abbott recently announced a new test that may deliver results within 13 minutes.   This test, and others being developed, may be key components in the ability to widely test individuals outside of a hospital Read…

Is Your Business at Risk for Coronavirus Lawsuits, and What Can You Do NOW To Avoid It?

By: Michael Dee | 04.06.2020

  Whether you are a small business, large business or even a government entity, are you ready (or preparing your business) for the onslaught of lawsuits resulting from the pandemic?  Google “coronavirus lawsuits” — over 300 billion hits. Unfortunately, a number of those hits are plaintiffs’ class action law firms asking people to submit information Read…

Interim Final Rule Issued for Paycheck Protection Program April 3, 2020

By: Ellen Hames | 04.03.2020

  On April 3, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an Interim Final Rule regarding the Paycheck Protection Program, accessible here: https://content.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/PPP–IFRN%20FINAL.pdf (the “Rules”).  These Rules implement the Paycheck Protection Program sections (sections 1102 and 1106) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which provides loans to eligible small businesses Read…

H-1B Lottery Concluded – Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1

By: Caitlin Klingenberg |

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that the H-1B electronic registration process and the FY2021 lottery has concluded. Employers are now eligible to file a FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petition — provided they electronically registered the beneficiary in the H-1B registration process, and the registration was selected in the lottery.  The Read…

Relaxed Regulations for Food and Beverage Sales

By: Jennifer Lindberg |

  As restaurants, bars, and breweries struggle to adjust to our new social-distancing normal, the state has relaxed some of the regulations on how these businesses can continue to provide alcohol to their customers.  Specifically, there has been significant flexibility provided as to what, and how, beer or liquor can leave the facility.   All Read…

Leading Through Chaos

By: Brian McCormac | 04.02.2020

  I recently had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on “Leading through Chaos” with Dawn Buzynski of Strategic America and Vince Newendorp of Vermeer.  Little did any of us know that about two weeks later the stock market would crater, a global pandemic would cause most of the nation to be placed Read…

USDA Approves Iowa’s Hemp Plan, IDALS Releases License Application

By: Tess Pocock | 04.01.2020

  Governor Reynolds signed the Iowa Hemp Act into law May 13, 2019. Nearly a year later, applications are now being accepted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for growing outdoor hemp crops. Applications were released following the USDA’s March 20, 2020 approval of Iowa’s industrial hemp plan. Iowa is now Read…

DOL Issues Much Anticipated Guidance for FFCRA Paid Leave Requirements

By: Megan Erickson Moritz |

  Today, the US Department of Labor announced its much anticipated temporary rule, providing regulations to implement the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  These temporary paid leave laws are intended to help workers forced to grapple with challenges Read…

What Would a Shelter-in-Place Order Look Like for Iowa?

By: Ingrid Johnson | 03.31.2020

  As of today, Iowa is not under a shelter-in-place order.  Governor Kim Reynolds has declined to issue a shelter-in-place order, but it may be coming. Cedar Rapids Mayor, Brad Hart, has urged Governor Reynolds to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order and has contemplated issuing a local order and Des Moines Mayor, Frank Cownie, has Read…

Small Business Exemption to FFCRA

By: Megan Erickson Moritz |

  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) contains a potential exemption for certain small employers who cannot afford to provide the childcare-related paid leave requirements under the FFCRA. Although we are still waiting on the official regulations to be issued by the DOL, there has been additional guidance issued by the DOL in the Read…