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…
Business owners are in a tough position during the COVID-19 pandemic. They must look to their bottom line at a time when little revenue is being generated, while at the same time take into consideration what’s best for the health and safety of their employees and customers alike. Join Dickinson Law Business & Real Estate Attorney Jeff Baxter and Labor & Employment Attorney Melissa Schilling on Wednesday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m. for a webinar. They’ll…
Under the recently Coronavirus Relief Bill that was passed by the Senate, and is expected to pass the House and be signed by the President, a new Paycheck Protection Program has been introduced which will provide small businesses (500 or less employees), and includes sole proprietorships, non-profits and charities, the ability to obtain loans to cover eligible expenses during the Coronavirus epidemic. For multi-location and franchisees, the employee limit is per location, and franchise restrictions…
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…
SBA Disaster Loans are currently available to small businesses in Iowa, and small businesses have been applying for those loans since Saturday, March 21. The current expected wait for applicants is 3 weeks, with an additional week for funds to be deposited. It is imperative that businesses get their application filed as soon as possible to get those funds in their hands so they can get their bills paid and payroll obligations met. Even if…
SBA Disaster Loans are currently available to small businesses in Iowa, and small businesses have been applying for those loans since Saturday, March 21. The current expected wait for applicants is 3 weeks, with an additional week for funds to be deposited. It is imperative that businesses get their application filed as soon as possible to get those funds in their hands so they can get their bills paid and payroll obligations met. Even if…
The sharp drop in the financial markets and the sharp increase in temporary business closings have placed a significant strain on many businesses across the country. Although it is important for businesses to remain optimistic and hope for a quick financial recovery, the emerging reality is that the coronavirus’ adverse impact on American businesses may last, like the virus itself, for many months, and will likely put the financial futures of many businesses under significant…
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…