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...Read More about IRS Notice Postpones the Time for Employers to Withhold & Pay Employee Social Security Taxes
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...Read More about Governor Establishes Iowa COVID-19 Local Government Relief Fund for COVID-19 Expense Reimbursement
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...Read More about COVID-19 Response: The Back-to-Business and Limited Liability Act and the DE's Reopening Guidance for Schools
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...Read More about Governor Continues Provisions through June 25, 2020
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...Read More about U.S. Department of Education Releases Final Title IX Regulations
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...Read More about Governor Reynolds Suspends Paper Document Requirements for Public Bidding Through September 20, 2020
Current as of September 3, 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...Read More about Open Meetings Requirements During Coronavirus/COVID-19
New U.S Senate Law, COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Who is Covered and What are the Expanded Paid Leave Benefits?
By Attorneys Rebecca Reif & Olivia Brooks In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States, the U.S. Senate passed the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" on March 18, 2020, which has now been signed into law. The expanded leave provisions are to become effective within 15...Read More about New U.S Senate Law, COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Who is Covered and What are the Expanded Paid Leave Benefits?
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...Read More about Coronavirus FAQs for Employers
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....Read More about Ahlers & Cooney Launches ACE Program