The Iowa Legislature just wrapped up its 2020 session. In the end, the COVID-19 pandemic dictated much of this year’s legislative agenda. There is little doubt that this interrupted several legislative initiatives, including one that could have significantly changed the privacy rights of Iowans. Proposed early in March, the legislation could have required Iowa businesses to provide privacy rights to consumers that are similar to the rights provided by the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).…
Over the past eight weeks, serving your legal needs while working remotely to maintain the health and safety of our clients and employees has been our firm’s main focus during COVID-19. As of June 1st, Dickinson Law will begin a phased approach to reopening our offices, with a portion of our attorneys and administrative staff resuming work at our headquarters in downtown Des Moines. This approach is consistent with current governmental recommendations and allows us…
Cyber insurance has become a common risk mitigation strategy to lessen the financial impact of a cyber incident. However, it’s not until an incident happens that we really think about the type of coverage we carry and how it affects our ability to recover.  Dickinson Cybersecurity Law Attorney John Lande and consulting and audit firm SBS CyberSecurity first aired a webinar on April 30 to discuss common questions and issues that arise during an incident…
Cyber insurance has become a common risk mitigation strategy to lessen the financial impact of a cyber incident. However, it’s not until an incident happens that we really think about the type of coverage we carry and how it affects our ability to recover.  Join Dickinson Cybersecurity Law Attorney John Lande and consulting and audit firm SBS CyberSecurity for a webinar on Thursday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. as we discuss common questions and issues…
The Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) may be an attractive target for cyber-fraudsters. Organizations of all levels of sophistication are about to receive large blocks of money, and that provides fraudsters with an opportunity to try to score big paydays by tricking lenders and organizations into sending that money to fraudsters. We have been providing organizations with information about the PPP, which allows qualifying organizations to obtain loans for up to 2.5x their average monthly payroll…
Many organizations have transitioned the bulk of their staff to working from home. While this may reduce the threat posed by COVID-19, it presents new risks for organizations of all kinds and sizes. We have covered numerous cases of fraudsters using email phishing to take advantage of unsuspecting organizations. Fraudsters have become adept at tricking organizations into redirecting vendor payments to fraudster bank accounts. With so many people reliant on email communication, organizations should keep…
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many Iowa employers in uncharted waters. Join Jill Jensen-Welch and Melissa Schilling, two shareholder employment attorneys of Dickinson Law, this Friday, March 27th from Noon to 1:30 p.m. for a webinar on Mandated Emergency Leaves. If you have less than 500 employees, you won’t want to miss this free, informational session covering mandates in the law. REGISTER TODAY.  …
Tax Filing Date and Payment Extension Pursuant to IRS Notice 2020-18, the tax filing deadline and deadline for making individual federal income tax payments has been automatically postponed to July 15, 2020. This means that there is no penalty or interest for tax payments that are made by July 15, 2020. This is an automatic change and taxpayers do not need to file requests for extension. The State of Iowa has also extended the deadline…
On March 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued what it emphasized was an advisory list identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response. It specifically disclaimed that “is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.” Rather the list was to assist State, local, tribal, and territorial governments in implementing and executing response activities in communities under their…
As the COVID-19 situation continues to change around the state of Iowa, our firm wants to be part of the solution for our clients. We are temporarily moving to a remote working environment at the close of business on March 20th through April 3rd for the safety of our employees and clients, however our firm remains committed and available to assist with any and all of your legal needs during this crisis. To seamlessly continue serving…