Governor Continues Provisions through June 25, 2020

By Attorney Maria Brownell On Tuesday May 26, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation temporarily continuing the public health emergency associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The following exemptions and suspensions in the proclamation are notable from an operational standpoint for governmental entities, and will be in place through June...
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U.S. Department of Education Releases Final Title IX Regulations

By Attorneys Rebecca Reif and Miriam Van Heukelem On May 6, 2020, the United States Department of Education released final regulations under Title IX, the federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. These highly-anticipated final regulations are scheduled...
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Open Meetings Requirements During Coronavirus/COVID-19

Current as of April 27, 2020 By Attorney Jenna Bishop Despite the encouragement of public health officials, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control, to practice “social distancing” and limit large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, governmental bodies in Iowa are still required by state law to hold their meetings...
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Coronavirus FAQs for Employers

By Attorneys Aaron Hilligas & Ann Smisek GENERAL QUESTIONS Can an employer ask an employee if they have the coronavirus? The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires employers to furnish "employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause...
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Ahlers & Cooney Launches ACE Program

Through the ACE (Ahlers Cooney Excellence) Program, the Firm is committed to providing an environment in which employees can prosper both professionally and personally. We have created a collegial environment to work within. This greatly benefits our clients as we leverage our collective experience and work together across practice areas....
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Moody's New Requirements for Government Audits

By Attorney Kristin Cooper If you have the opportunity to visit the Moody's website, you will see that they monitor everything from trade tensions to Coronavirus. Rating systems constantly evolve to appropriately monitor and report on credit risk, including that of municipal bonds. To further refine its rating methodology, Moody's...
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