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.  …
On March 25, 2020, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued the poster/notice required to be posted by covered private sector employers (i.e., those with fewer than 500 employees) under the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”  A copy is available here.  The DOL also issued a “Frequently Asked Questions” about the notices, which is available here.  It reminds covered private sector employers that they are required (“must”) post…
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…
* With Contributions by Attorney Melissa Schilling   After the U.S. House of Representatives made a number of changes to the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, by a vote of 90 to 8 on March 18, 2020. President Trump signed the bill on the same day and the law will become effective within 15 days of President Trump’s signature, on April 2, 2020. Primarily,…
On Monday, March 16, 2020, the House passed major changes to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, before the bill even made it to the Senate. The latest version of the bill can be found here.  The revised legislation no longer requires paid family leave. In addition, it does not require companies to provide employees with the two weeks of mandatory paid sick leave if the employer’s paid sick leave policy is sufficient to meet the…
The good health and safety of the community, our clients, employees, and colleagues are our primary concerns as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. With the increasing number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and around the state of Iowa, we wanted to provide you with a brief update regarding our preparations to protect our employees and business associates, while continuing to serve our valued clients. The Dickinson Law offices in downtown Des…
The spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization. To help safeguard our colleagues, clients and guests, we are encouraging clients to avoid visiting the Dickinson Law offices at this time. We have access to advanced technological capabilities to communicate with clients via phone, email, and video conference call, if necessary. If you find a visit is absolutely needed,…
The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and the broader community is on top of our minds and as such, the upcoming seminar, “Building A Winning Cybersecurity Program: Where Does Leadership Start?”, both in-person and via online webinar, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. Please let Sarah Ruba, Director of Marketing & Business Development, know if you have any immediate questions or concerns at 515-246-4508 or sruba@dickinsonlaw.com.   …
On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” The U.S. Senate is expected to pass the bill early this week, be approved by President Trump, and therefore become an enforceable law within the next few days. The bill contains several provisions that will impact employers with fewer than 500 employees, including provisions requiring paid family and sick leave. Once the bill becomes law, the provisions will go…