Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

By: BrownWinick | 05.28.2020

  Eight members of our Employment Practice Group have prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Beth Coonan, Megan Moritz, Danielle Smid, Caitlin Klingenberg, Tess Pocock, and Ryan Shellady. The “Return to Work Playbook” Read…

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – CFAP

By: Colin Hendricks | 05.22.2020

  The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced very high-level details regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (“CFAP”) on April 17, 2020. The CFAP is designed to provide money directly to crop and livestock producers to solidify the food chain during COVID-19. Finally, one month after the initial release, the USDA has issued an Read…

Guidance Regarding PPP Forgiveness

By: Amy Johnson | 05.18.2020

  On Friday, the SBA released much-anticipated guidance regarding the forgiveness component of Paycheck Protection Program loans: SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application The guidance includes the forgiveness worksheet that borrowers will be required to fill out as well as information on the types of documentation that borrowers will need to Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues New FAQ to Clarify Guidance for Dental Practice Re-Openings

By: BrownWinick | 05.11.2020

  With many dental offices reopening or preparing to reopen for elective procedures this week, the Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a second FAQ to address questions received in response to the  “Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice” issued last week. The original FAQ is also still available for reference. The Read…

Dental Services to Resume in Iowa on May 8th

By: BrownWinick | 05.07.2020

  On May 6th, Governor Reynolds issued a new proclamation allowing Iowa dentists to resume providing services as of 5:00 a.m. on May 8th, if certain requirements are met. Those requirements are: Dental services are provided in compliance with the Iowa Dental Board Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice approved and adopted by Read…

Iowa Tax Update for COVID-19

By: Maggie Simonson |

  Filing and Tax Payment Extensions to July 31, 2020 and Possibly January 31, 2021 The Iowa Department of Revenue has extended the tax return filing and payment deadline to July 31, 2020 for certain individual, composite (nonresident partners), partnership, corporate, S corporation, fiduciary (not including Iowa Form 706 Inheritance Tax returns), franchise, and moneys Read…

PPP Update: How much of your loan will be forgiven, and when you need to start paying off the 1% interest, 2-year loan.

By: Colin Hendricks |

  It’s been a few weeks since the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) was passed into law and businesses have been approved (and hopefully have received) loans from the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). Recipients of the loans are eligible to receive full forgiveness for their loans if at least 75% of the loan proceeds are used Read…

Training During Downtime – Ways to Connect, Engage, and Develop Your Workforce

By: BrownWinick | 05.06.2020

  With decreased business, employers have some supervisors and employees with extra time. This would be an excellent time to catch supervisors and employees up on important workplace training. While training sessions are usually conducted in person, all meetings – personal and professional – are now being handled virtually. One of the key issues with Read…

DSM Small Business Recovery Grant Application Opens, Accepted through May 20

By: Tess Pocock |

  In an effort to assist businesses facing hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Des Moines Partnership announced grant awards for businesses with physical locations within the cities of Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights. Eligible businesses include for-profit sole-proprietors and businesses with 30 or fewer Read…

Business Considerations for Those Impacted by COVID-19

By: William Brown | 05.05.2020

  While businesses have patiently awaited the lifting of closure orders associated with the pandemic, the uncertainty of business recovery looms as state and local governments begin easing closure restrictions.  What will business look like in the post-closure world?  How long will it take for business to recover?  These are amongst the most pressing questions Read…