April 29, 2020 | Issue 32
Can Employees Continue on Unemployment Instead of Returning to Work?
This is a common question among many at this time. In a press release, the Iowa WorkForce Development (IWD) stated:
Iowans who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment benefits, except for certain circumstances including:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms; 
  • If you have recovered but it caused medical complications rendering you unable to perform essential job duties; 
  • If a member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19; 
  • If you are providing care for a member of your household who was diagnosed with COVID-19; 
  • If you do not have childcare due to COVID-19 reasons; or 
  • If you do not have transportation to your place of work because of COVID-19.

Those with unemployment questions should contact their local IWD office .
Online CPR Resources
Those with CPR certifications expiring between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, may recertify via an online-only course. Governor Kim Reynolds waived the hands-on component of the CPR certification requirement on March 26.

The IDA has compiled a list of CPR resources on our website , including:

  • American Academy of CPR - Online CPR Course for Healthcare Providers available for $14.99
  • Iowa CPR - 2-Hour Online CPR Course available for $39, or 1-Hour CPR with First Aid Course for $43
  • American Heart Association - Online Heartcode BLS Course for $28.50
  • Red Cross - Provisional Certificate for Adult/Child CPR/AED OL available for $117

Additional CPR resources and other required courses and online CE opportunities are also available on the IDA website in one convenient location for easy access.
Those Seeking PPP Loan Should Apply Soon
M ore than $250 billion of additional funding is available for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) . Those interested in applying for these funds are encouraged to do so as soon as possible , as funds are expected to be allocated quickly. Click here to find a lender near you, or visit the SBA website .    
Professional Protector Plan Online Risk Management Course
McFadden Insurance Services realizes your financial concerns are weighing heavily on you during this time of uncertainty. While the part-time reimbursement is an option for those who qualify, you may be looking for more immediate premium relief. For insureds who have not already completed the Online Risk Management Course, now is a chance to reduce your professional liability premium.

In this online course, dentists are presented with the latest claim information and real-life experiences of colleagues in order to enhance patient care and reduce the risk of a malpractice claim. This course is available at no additional charge to McFadden Insurance Services insureds, and participants may earn up to 4.5 CEUs upon course completion. Learn more about course benefits on the  IDA website.
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Governor's Daily Press Conferences
Governor Reynolds continues to conduct daily press conferences at 11:00 AM. Access the press conferences via  Facebook and on many local news channels.

The governor issues daily press releases regarding the status of COVID-19's effect on Iowans.  Click here to access the most recent press release.