Category Employment & Labor

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 21 lawyers have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. BrownWinick would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2022 The Best Lawyers... Read More

Court Grants Motion for Summary Judgment

BrownWinick attorneys Michael Dee and Megan Moritz recently succeeded on a motion asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against its clients, a small floral business, and the business’s owner. The plaintiff, a former employee, sued in state court, making claims of sexual harassment and constructive discharge in violation of the Iowa Civil... Read More

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Becomes Law, Easing Restrictions on Loan Forgiveness

  Today, President Trump signed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (“PPPFA”). The new law amends provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) specifically related to forgiveness of the loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The legislation saw overwhelming... Read More

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

  The House passed a bill this afternoon that would provide businesses with greater flexibility with regard to their uses of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The legislation -- titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act -- was introduced by Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas and Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota. It is... Read More

Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

  BrownWinick's Employment Practice Group has prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Megan Moritz and Danielle Smid. The “Return to Work Playbook” (or Playbook) will be used as a tool with attorney... Read More

Guidance Regarding PPP Forgiveness

On Friday, the SBA released much-anticipated guidance regarding the forgiveness component of Paycheck Protection Program loans: SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application The guidance includes the forgiveness worksheet that borrowers will be required to fill out as well as information on the types of... Read More

Iowa Tax Update for COVID-19

  Filing and Tax Payment Extensions to July 31, 2020 and Possibly January 31, 2021 The Iowa Department of Revenue has extended the tax return filing and payment deadline to July 31, 2020 for certain individual, composite (nonresident partners), partnership, corporate, S corporation, fiduciary (not including Iowa Form 706 Inheritance Tax returns),... Read More

PPP Update: How much of your loan will be forgiven, and when you need to start paying off the 1% interest, 2-year loan.

  It’s been a few weeks since the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) was passed into law and businesses have been approved (and hopefully have received) loans from the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). Recipients of the loans are eligible to receive full forgiveness for their loans if at least 75% of the loan proceeds are used for payroll... Read More

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

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