“Families First Coronavirus Response Act” Becomes Law

By: Ann Holden Kendell | 03.19.2020

  Yesterday afternoon (March 18 at 3:32 p.m.), the Senate passed H.R. 6201 the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” with a vote count of 90 to 8. The President signed the bill into law last night and the law will go into effect 15 days from signing. In summary, the law provides paid emergency leave Read…

Option for Avoiding Total Layoffs During COVID-19

By: Ann Holden Kendell | 03.18.2020

  This is not a new program, but has new features to assist employers trying to avoid layoffs. Iowa Workforce Development describes its “Voluntary Shared Work Program Unemployment Insurance Benefits” (VSW) below: “The program is intended for use as an alternative to layoffs and can be an effective tool for Iowa businesses experiencing a temporary Read…

Employer Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Impact on Unemployment Benefits in Iowa

By: Megan Erickson Moritz |

  Do employees need to exhaust all vacation, sick leave, or personal time off (PTO) time prior to claiming unemployment benefits? Yes. If an employer offers vacation, sick leave, or PTO time to employees, the employees must exhaust those benefits prior to claiming unemployment benefits.  Are employers required to lay off employees in order for Read…

Iowa Employer and Employee Unemployment Assistance Program Just Announced

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 03.16.2020

  Governor Reynolds just announced a plan to provide assistance for employers and employees affected by COVID-19-related layoffs. If an employee is laid off due to COVID-19 or stays home to self-isolate, care for family members, or because they themselves are ill due to COVID-19, those employees might be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if Read…

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By: Ann Holden Kendell | 03.11.2020

As can be seen from the stockpiling of goods, many people are frightened by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, employers must not act out of fear and assumptions, but based upon facts, guidance from the government and the law. For example, the CDC provides the following sage advice for employers, “Do not make determinations of Read…

Coronavirus — Advance Planning is Key

By: BrownWinick | 03.10.2020

  As instances of the coronavirus are on the rise both nationally and across Iowa, it’s important for businesses to assess their contingency and disaster plans. Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster proclamation following the Iowa Department of Public Health’s confirmation of 8 cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. The threat is real and requires Read…