Department of Labor Issues Updates to FFCRA Regulations (Effective 9/16/20)

By Attorneys Danielle Haindfield and Carrie Weber The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") is scheduled to remain in effect until December 31, 2020. The FFCRA provides additional paid leave for employees under certain qualifying conditions such as a quarantine order, diagnosis of COVID-19, or to care for a child...
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Des Moines Attorneys Masterson and Bottenberg join Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm October 1

Attorneys Jeremy Masterson & R. Charles Bottenberg, who founded the Masterson & Bottenberg Law Firm in 2013, are joining the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as Special Counsel, effective October 1, 2020. Charlie will work in the Trusts, Estates & Personal Taxation Practice Group at Ahlers & Cooney. Charlie grew...
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Disclosure Industry Working Group Publishes Paper on Timely Disclosures

By Attorney Kristin Cooper While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact many aspects of our day-to-day lives, it is important for issuers of municipal securities to consider their primary and secondary disclosure obligations which continue to exist in the bond marketplace. Primary disclosures (in offering documents) are necessary to ensure...
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IRS Notice Postpones the Time for Employers to Withhold & Pay Employee Social Security Taxes

By Attorney Katherine A.B. Beenken On Friday, August 28, the Internal Revenue Service Released Notice 2020-65, describing a new rule that allows employers -- including public employers -- to temporarily halt withholding and payment of the employee's portion of certain Social Security payroll taxes. This rule has been interpreted as...
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Governor Establishes Iowa COVID-19 Local Government Relief Fund for COVID-19 Expense Reimbursement

By Attorneys Maria Brownell and Kristin Cooper On August 4, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the availability of $125 million in federal CARES Act funding for the purpose of reimbursing Iowa's city and county governments' COVID 19 response expenses. Governor Reynolds has allocated $60 million to reimburse city governments, $40...
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COVID-19 Response: The Back-to-Business and Limited Liability Act and the DE's Reopening Guidance for Schools

By Attorneys Drew Bracken and Carrie Weber On June 18, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed Senate File 2338, the COVID-19 Response and Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act ("Act"), into law. This Act protects private business owners and public entities such as school districts from civil liability for COVID-19 related injuries if certain...
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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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Governor Reynolds Suspends Paper Document Requirements for Public Bidding Through September 20, 2020

Current as of September 3, 2020 By Attorney Maria Brownell On Friday, April 24, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation that temporarily suspends certain requirements under the public bidding law involving the distribution, receipt, opening, or recording of paper documents to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. By a...
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