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
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...Read More about Moody's New Requirements for Government Audits
By Attorney Kristin Cooper IRS Form 8038-CP is used by issuers of Build America bonds, recovery zone economic development bonds, and specified tax credit bonds who are electing to receive a direct credit payment equal to a percentage of the interest payments on the bonds from the federal government ("subsidy"...Read More about IRS Releases New Form 8038-CP and Instructions
FLSA Update: Salary Thresholds For "Exempt" Status From Overtime Updated - Effective January 1, 2020
By Attorneys Olivia Brooks, Rebecca Reif, and Lindsay Vaught On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule updating the thresholds for "exempt" status from overtime. Due to an increase in the salary threshold applicable to most "white collar" exempt employees, 1.3 million...Read More about FLSA Update: Salary Thresholds For "Exempt" Status From Overtime Updated - Effective January 1, 2020