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COVID-19 and Force Majeure

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, clients may need to familiarize themselves with an oft-overlooked contractual provision – the “force majeure” clause.  This update will discuss force majeure events and force majeure clauses and explain contractual parties’ obligations if a force majeure event occurs.[1] What is a force majeure event, and what is a force majeure Continue reading

Path out of the Pandemic Action Plan: Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Employers with 100+ Workers

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Biden announced new COVID-19 vaccine requirements that are expected to affect two-thirds of all U.S. workers. The effort is in response to the spread and impact of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant and is part of a larger White House action plan at combatting the pandemic. Here is Continue reading

Keeping Your Eye on the Ball: Maintaining Focus on Keeping an Organization’s Confidential Information Confidential

            The old adage is that an organization’s best asset is its people. That is often true – but a close second may be its confidential information and trade secrets. While many employers properly focus on their employees and maintaining a healthy work environment, it can be easy to lose focus on taking proper steps Continue reading

The American Rescue Plan Act Provides for Fully Subsidized COBRA Coverage

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ARPA includes numerous provisions that impact employers including extending FFCRA leave (see prior blog post here) and providing fully subsidized COBRA coverage for eligible individuals.  This blog focuses on COBRA subsidies.  Generally, COBRA Continue reading

Return to the Workplace: Mandating vs. Encouraging Vaccines

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, employers have questions as to whether they can (or should) require that employees obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Summarized below are common questions and answers, based on current guidance: 1.     Can an employer require employees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment?Generally, yes. There are few employers Continue reading

CDC Recommends Spring Break Staycation

After a long, cold winter in isolation, most people are ready to get out and go somewhere, right?  Not so fast, according to the CDC.  “Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.  CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time.  Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from Continue reading

COVID-19 Response and Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act

On June 18, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed the “COVID-19 Response and Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act” (the Act). In an agreeable nod to Iowa business owners, this new state law requires that people seeking to file a civil action related to COVID-19 exposure will need to demonstrate they meet specific requirements. In short, these requirements create Continue reading

Update – Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) was signed into law. The law aims to address concerns about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) asserted by the U.S. small business community. The initial PPP loan program was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into Continue reading

Presentation: The FFCRA and Other COVID-19 Considerations for Employers

On April 21, 2020, Ray Rinkol and Natalie Clouse presented “The FFCRA and Other COVID-19 Considerations for Employers To view the presentation click the headline listed above or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1wBZxzOWOI&feature=youtu.be .

Stay Home and Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Orders

Although Iowa has not enacted a “stay-home” or “closure of non-essential businesses” order, many states (including states bordering Iowa such as Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin) have issued them.  These orders may impact operations for clients who have activities or a presence in states which have issued them. This update will discuss the typical components Continue reading

Update: COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program

SBA & Treasury Department Press Release In a press release dated March 31, 2020, the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) and the Treasury Department released additional details regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), the new loan program aimed to provide relief to small businesses during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Notable updates: The SBA and the Treasury Continue reading