Coronavirus – COVID-19

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

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, contains two significant provisions regarding leave associated with COVID-19. First, the Act provides employees with up to 80 hours of paid sick leave. Second, the Act expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to include up to 12 Continue reading

FFCRA Employer Notice

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a notice that must be posted by each covered employer pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): FFCRA Notice

COVID-19: Paycheck Protection Program

On Friday, March 27th, the government passed and signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The CARES Act provides small businesses with economic relief in the form of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The PPP offers emergency loans to small businesses Continue reading

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

COVID-19 Resources and Information

Guidance for Employers in Light of COVID-19 With the coronavirus (COVID-19) now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and confirmed cases in the United States, including Iowa, employers must develop policies and strategies to keep their workplaces safe. Below we provide guidance and resources for employers as they react to this evolving issue.  General Continue reading