Dental Services to Resume in Iowa on May 8th

By: Amy Howells | 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: Ann Holden Kendell | 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…

COVID-19 As We Enter May: What Should Employers Be Thinking About?

By: Megan Erickson Moritz | 05.04.2020

  While legal considerations will vary by business priorities, practicalities, and industry, we have seen several recurring topics on employers’ minds as we begin a new month in this coronavirus pandemic. Below, I’ve outlined a quick list of topics to make sure your company is on top of: Leave requirements under Families First Coronavirus Response Read…

E-Verify COVID-19 Accommodation: New Temporary Rule for I-9 Compliance

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 05.02.2020

  On May 1, 2020, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that expiring list B documents used for the purpose of validating an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States may be treated as if the employee provided a valid receipt for the document for I-9 purposes. DHS reasoned that, “Because many Read…

PPP Portal Opens to Small Lenders Only for 8 Hours

By: Tess Pocock | 04.29.2020

  On Wednesday, April 29, the U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration (“SBA”) announced that for eight hours, big banks will be prevented from accessing the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) portal. During this time, small lenders will have exclusive access to submitting applications for PPP loans. A lender with under $1 billion in assets qualifies Read…

HHS Begins Distribution of Second Round of CARES Act Funding for Health Care Providers

By: Adam Freed | 04.27.2020

  The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has begun distributing an additional $20 billion of funding for health care providers appropriated in the CARES Act.  HHS distributed the first $30 billion of funding between April 10 and April 17, 2020. That distribution was based on providers’ 2019 Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements. HHS began Read…