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: BrownWinick | 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: BrownWinick | 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…

Providers Now Eligible to Receive Medicare Reimbursement for COVID-19 Care Provided to the Uninsured

By: BrownWinick |

  Beginning on April 27, 2020, health care providers can begin applying to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to receive Medicare reimbursement for COVID-related care provided to uninsured persons. HHS allocated a portion of the $100 billion Provider Relief Fund to reimburse healthcare providers for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured. According Read…

Congress Injects an Additional $310B in Funding for the Paycheck Protection Program—Eligible Borrowers Should Act Quickly

By: Tess Pocock |

  Late last week, Congress passed—and President Trump signed—a new round of small business relief funding, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhance Act, which includes an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). In just two short weeks, the first round of funding was exhausted, leaving many business owners Read…

Making a big change to your business? We can help.

By: Ingrid Johnson | 04.21.2020

  COVID-19 has drastically altered market demands and in response, some companies are temporarily changing their business models to manufacture products that are desperately needed.  We have ethanol plants manufacturing hand sanitizer, clothing companies making surgical gowns, and plastic molding companies making face shields. One hurdle to making this pivot with your business is familiarizing Read…

Who Owns the Intellectual Property Rights Associated with Hydroxychloroquine?

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 04.20.2020

  As efforts to discover new treatments for COVID-19 continue, attention has been brought upon an old drug, hydroxychloroquine.  The renewed attention follows several statements by the Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) and issuance of an Emergency Use Authorization for use of hydroxychloroquine from the national stockpile for treatment of COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine is a “modern” synthetic Read…

COVID-19 Update: New Proclamation Restricting Northeast Iowa Activities

By: Matthew McKinney | 04.16.2020

  Today, Governor Reynolds announced additional restrictions in Northeast Iowa due to the heightened risk of COVID-19. Risk is based upon several factors, measured across 6 different geographic regions (as we’ve outlined before and depicted on the attached map), and ranked on a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being highest risk).  Today, region 6 Read…