Letter from Vice President to Hospital Administrators

By: Catherine Cownie | 03.31.2020

  Below is the copy from letter Vice President Pence wrote to hospital Administrators. Click HERE to view to view the official letter.   Dear Hospital Administrator: On behalf of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, I want to extend my gratitude for your tireless efforts to provide healthcare to Americans during Read…

Do You Have Insurance for Lost Business Due to COVID-19?

By: James White |

  Unless you are extraordinarily fortunate, your business will surely see a drop in revenue due to the economic slowdown caused by the virus.  Do you have insurance coverage for this?  Past world events such as the Ebola outbreak, 9/11 and hurricanes can provide some guidance.  Rest assured, however, that insurance companies will be inundated Read…

Are You Exposing Your Business to the Risk of Coronavirus-Related Litigation?

By: Ingrid Johnson |

  We’re in the midst of dealing with COVID-19 and if you’re like many Iowa businesses, you’re just trying to keep up with the daily changes and problems the pandemic is bringing.  But what about after the pandemic?   Will there be a wave of Coronavirus-related litigation?  How do you know if you’re exposing yourself now Read…

COVID-19 and Essential Service Personnel Guidance

By: Catherine Cownie |

  The Iowa Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) provided guidance last week related to COVID-19 isolation requirements for essential service personnel.  Essential services personnel include: Healthcare providers; Law enforcement; Fire & EMS personnel; Long-Term Care personnel; Residential Support Facility personnel; and Public Health & Emergency Management personnel. The guidance provides information about when essential services Read…

Your Company Just Enabled a Remote Workplace. . . but is it Secure?

By: James Pray |

  The rapid spread of COVID-19 in the US has forced many companies to establish remote access to their systems in order to continue to operate. As an attorney working with clients on data security matters, I am seeing an uptick in compromised Microsoft Office 365 accounts as companies make the transition. Office 365 is Read…

CARES Act Provides Legal Protections for Volunteer Health Care Professionals Responding to COVID-19

By: Amy Howells | 03.30.2020

  To encourage and support nationwide volunteer efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus, Section 3215 of the CARES Act limits liability for volunteer health care professionals. Under this provision, the volunteer health care professional will not be liable under Federal or State law for any act or omission in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment Read…

What do I do if I am ready to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the SBA?

By: Amy Johnson |

  1 – Call your lender: Chances are they are already a Small Business Administration (SBA) lender or will be designated as one soon. If your lender is not an SBA lender, check out sba.gov for a list of lending institutions that are. 2 – Gather the necessary information about your business: Interim 2020 Income Read…

Iowa Workforce Development Changes Policy on Unemployment Benefits and PTO

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  Iowa Workforce Development announced today that effective immediately, employees who are or will be laid off, or are unable to work for COVID-19-related reasons, will not be required to use all available paid leave before becoming eligible to receive Iowa unemployment benefits. This change is not retroactive and claims will not be backdated. This Read…

Protecting Trade Secrets During a Pandemic

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker |

  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have been forced to require employees to work remotely.  Requiring large numbers of people to work from home helps limit the spread of the virus and enables business to continue.  However, employees working remotely can pose challenges to a company’s valuable trade secrets.  Trade secrets can Read…

The CARES Act – How Could It Impact Your Tax Situation?

By: Christopher Nuss |

  Late Friday, March 27, President Trump signed the third stimulus package (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or CARES) Act) with an estimated cost of $2 trillion to help offset the effects of the COVID-19 virus. The Act contains many tax-related provisions for both businesses and individuals. Of most importance are the following, Read…