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Interpreting the Law in a Pandemic: Contracts, Employee Screenings, Insurance + PTO

Interpreting the Law During COVID-19

April 24, 2020

Over the last month, Davis Brown Law Firm attorneys have fielded many questions and concerns from Greater Des Moines (DSM) business owners about how the law is impacting their business. Between massive federal legislation and frequent proclamations from the Governor, on top of an already complex maze of regulations, it’s difficult to figure out if you need, and how, to comply with the law. We’re cutting through the legalese of new regulations.

Employee Health Screenings

Every day, we receive questions about screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms, including taking temperatures before allowing employees to begin work. We answered a few of the most frequently asked questions, but note: this information should not be used by employers in healthcare or other industries who must comply with different regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions from Employers Re: Employee Health Screening


Many businesses continue to have questions about whether signed contracts can be enforced right now, given current mandated closures and other health concerns. See below for more insight.

Contracts and COVID-19: What healthcare providers need to know

Force majeure causes, considerations, defenses and remedies for Iowa businesses

Business Interruption Insurance Claims

The pandemic has impacted all businesses and industries and some business owners are wondering if they have a business interruption loss insurance claim. The answer is yes … maybe.

Do I Have a Valid Business Interruption Insurance Claim for Covid-19 Related Losses?

PTO Payouts

As the pandemic progresses, employers are facing questions and issues with their PTO payout programs — from tax questions, logistics and the availability of funds.

PTO Payouts in Uncertain Times

Other Coronavirus/COVID-19 Legal Resources

Davis Brown updates our COVID-19 legal resources page daily providing interpretations of new guidance from administrative bodies and new laws. If you have a question about how your business can adapt, please reach out to your attorney.

You can count on The Partnership to continue to share accurate and fact-based updates as well. See more on COVID-19 here.

Find these tips useful? Find more business tools and information by visiting the Business Resources page.

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Dentons Davis Brown Law Firm provides legal services in Greater Des Moines (DSM).