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Government Relations Update - 12-14-21

December 13, 2021 REC SUMMARY The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC), comprised of a three-member panel (Kraig Paulsen, Department of Management; Holly Lyons, Legislative Fiscal Agency; and David Underwood, Public Member) met yesterday (12/13/21) to estimate future state revenues. The REC approved the Legislative Service Agency’s (LSA) FY22... Read More

Big Developments In European Patent Protection – The Myth of a European Unitary Patent May Soon Become Reality

Filing patents in Europe has always been challenging, and unsatisfying – if not downright disheartening. That’s because there has been no way to get comprehensive patent coverage across the European Union. In the U.S. you can get one patent that covers all 50 States. No such system exists in Europe. Instead, in Europe to get comprehensive coverage... Read More

What is a Designated DMCA Agent, and Why You Need One

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) online service providers may be protected from potential claims of copyright infringement if they designate an agent who is to receive notice of infringement claims for material posted on the service providers website or platform. An online service provider is defined in 17 U.S.C. § 512(k)(1)(A)... Read More

2021 Festival of Trees

For the past several years BrownWinick has been a proud supporter of the Blank Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees event, and this year was no different. For the November 26 – November 28 event, BrownWinick participated by decorating a tree with toys and other items as well as decorating a wreath to be auctioned off at the Festival, with all... Read More

Wills for Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day 2021,  BrownWinick held the inaugural “Wills for Veterans” event to benefit veterans in the Des Moines metro area. The Estate Planning team provided basic wills and power of attorney documents for approximately 50 local veterans and their spouses during the event.   “Giving back to our community is integral to who we are... Read More

The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate (and More) is Here: Large Employers Must Ensure Employees are Fully Vaccinated or Tested Weekly by January 4, 2022... Unless the Courts Interject.

As discussed in our prior blog entry, on September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) would soon issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) which included a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for large employers.  OSHA’s ETS was finally released on November 4,... Read More

Iowa Enacts a New Law on Employer Vaccination Mandates and Unemployment Insurance

On October 29, 2021, Iowa passed and enacted House File 902 which establishes new requirements for employers mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees.  The new law also affects unemployment benefits for employees who are discharged for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  In reviewing the summary below, keep in mind that the law... Read More

Government Relations Update - 10.29.21

Yesterday, the Iowa Legislature met in a special session and approved the second redistricting map prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency (“LSA”). Every 10 years, states are required to redraw congressional and legislative district maps using updated U.S. Census population data. The Iowa Senate passed the new map by a vote of... Read More

Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandates Have Arrived. OSHA’s Nationwide Private Sector Mandate is Close Behind.

  Federal Contractors Targeted First On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, an Executive Order on “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” EO 14042 ordered federal departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments include a clause requiring prime contractors to... Read More