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Training During Downtime – Ways to Connect, Engage, and Develop Your Workforce

  With decreased business, employers have some supervisors and employees with extra time. This would be an excellent time to catch supervisors and employees up on important workplace training. While training sessions are usually conducted in person, all meetings – personal and professional – are now being handled virtually. One of the key issues... Read More

DSM Small Business Recovery Grant Application Opens, Accepted through May 20

  In an effort to assist businesses facing hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Des Moines Partnership announced grant awards for businesses with physical locations within the cities of Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights. Eligible businesses include for-profit... Read More

COVID-19 As We Enter May: What Should Employers Be Thinking About?

  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 More

E-Verify COVID-19 Accommodation: New Temporary Rule for I-9 Compliance

  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 areas are under... Read More

HHS Begins Distribution of Second Round of CARES Act Funding for Health Care Providers

  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... Read More

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

  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... Read More

COVID-19 Update: Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

  Summary The highly anticipated Presidential Proclamation which suspends entry of certain immigrants during the economic recovery period of COVID-19 has been signed and will be effective at 11:59 pm today, April 23, 2020. In short, the suspension affects a limited group of foreign nationals – those who are outside the United States and without a... Read More

Who Owns the Intellectual Property Rights Associated with Hydroxychloroquine?

  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... Read More