Helping our government clients move forward toward recovery and growth

As a source of information and guidance for your government organization, the industry experts at Abdo, Eick & Meyers are here for you. We’re researching the latest legislation, local news, and relevant updates around COVID-19 to help government organizations navigate this unprecedented time.

Contact your AEM advisor to discuss your specific situation. We are here to help.

Latest Updates

  • What You Should Know Before Your Organization Accepts Federal Funding (Article) — [10/13/2020] Unsure of what the future holds for your organization’s revenues? Although federal grant programs are available to help, they also can come with administrative requirements. This is what you and your staff should know before your organization accepts any federal funding

  • Coronavirus Relief Fund Updates for Local Governments (Article) — [Posted 9/30/2020] Over the past few weeks, the US Treasury Department and the Minnesota Management & Budget agency (MMB) have issued updated Coronavirus Relief Fund guidance. Our team has compiled a few key items from the updated guidance to help you stay informed.

  • Payroll Tax Deferral—Questions for Implementation (Article) — [Posted 8/27/2020] Employers — We know there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the executive order to defer the employee portion of Social Security tax. Our team is closely monitoring the information coming from the Treasury and has laid out a list of questions we’ll be looking to have answered when the guidance comes through.

  • Webinar Recap: Practical Employer Response to COVID in the Workplace (Article)– [Posted 8/19/2020] To help you better understand how to handle a positive COVID-19 test result, the AEM Workforce Solutions team recently recorded a webinar on the topic.

AEM Recovery Plan | Helping you plan for the road ahead

During these never-before-seen times, organizations are forced to navigate a multitude of unfamiliar challenges and the question on everyone’s mind is “where do we go from here?” Knowing this, we’ve developed a toolkit to assess your immediate and long-term challenges, potential risks, and cash-flow requirements. 

The AEM Recovery Plan is designed to help you in two very important ways:

Cash Flow
Projection Toolkit

Project your current and future cash flow, so you can plan your recovery. 
Learn More

Human Resources Toolkit

Manage delicate human resources challenges related to the FFCRA and the CARES Act with the support of our experienced HR professionals. 
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Resource Library

Payroll Tax Deferral—Questions for Implementation (Article) — [Posted 8/27/2020] Employers — We know there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the executive order to defer the employee portion of Social Security tax. Our team is closely monitoring the information coming from the Treasury and has laid out a list of questions we’ll be looking to have answered when the guidance comes through.

Webinar Recap: Practical Employer Response to COVID in the Workplace (Article)– [Posted 8/19/2020] To help you better understand how to handle a positive COVID-19 test result, the AEM Workforce Solutions team recently recorded a webinar on the topic.

What Local Governments Should Know About Reporting CARES Act Funds (Article) — [Posted 8/06/2020] Since late June, Minnesota cities, counties, and townships have been busy certifying their eligibility to receive federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) distributions. Here’s what all Minnesota local governments should know about this MMB reporting requirement. 

CARES Act Tracking of Eligible Expenses (Excel) — [ Posted 8/6/2020 ] We have created a comprehensive excel document to be used as a resources for tracking your eligible expenses. 

How Will COVID-19 Impact Your Organization’s 2021 Budget? (Article) — [Posted 8/4/2020] In the midst of these challenges, budgeting season looms, bringing with it a difficult question: How will COVID-19 impact your organization’s 2021 budget? Here are a few steps you can take to begin formulating an answer.

CARES Act Tracking of Eligible Expenses (Excel) — [ Posted 8/6/2020 ] We have created a comprehensive excel document to be used as a resources for tracking your eligible expenses. 

CARES Act Resources for Schools (PDF) — [ Posted 6/30/2020 ] We’ve compiled relevant links for schools regarding the latest updates surrounding CARES Act funding,  GASB Guidance on CARES Act funding, and more. 

CARES Act Resources for Cities, Counties, & Townships (PDF) — [ Posted 6/30/2020 ] We’ve compiled relevant links for cities, counties, and townships regarding the latest updates surrounding CARES Act funding, GASB Guidance on CARES Act funding, and more. 

FEMA Reimbursements & Single Audit Considerations (Podcast) — [ Posted 4/11/2020 ] Bonnie Schwieger and Layne Kockelman provide details on what emergency protective measures are eligible for FEMA reimbursement, considerations for Single Audits when it comes to FEMA reimbursement, as well as internal controls related to changing work environments and Single Audits.

Budget Considerations for Cities (Podcast) — [ Posted 4/7/2020 ] Join Jean McGann and Victoria Holthaus from AEM Financial Solutions as they discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and how this crisis may impact your city’s upcoming budget considerations for 2020 and 2021.

Common Questions (PDF) — [ Posted 4/3/2020 ] Answers to some of common questions  regarding COVID-19 and its impact on government entities.

Staffing Changes at City Hall (PDF) — [ Posted 4/3/2020 ] How staffing changes at City Hall may impact accounting procedures and internal controls.

Standard Implementation Date Changes (PDF) — [ Posted 4/3/2020 ] Final guidance is expected to be release in May of 2020 regarding a possible delay in effective dates for some statements and implementation guides. 

External Resources:

For Cities:  The League of Minnesota Cities

For Schools:  MN Association of School Business Officials

For Counties:  Association of MN Counties

For Governments:  

Government Finance Officers Association of United States and Canada

MN Office of the State Auditor

FEMA – Public Assistance

Returning to Work: OSHA Guidance for Employers (Article) — [ Posted 6/30/2020 ] Does your organization have a re-opening plan in place? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance for reopening businesses and the AEM Workforce Solutions team is here to help you create a plan.

COVID-19 Diagnosis Timeline for Employers (PDF) — [ Posted 6/4/2020 ] When one of your employees is diagnosed with COVID-19 in the workplace, the steps you take in the following 24 to 48 hours are critical. To help you determine how your organization will respond to a positive COVID diagnosis, our experts from AEM Workforce Solutions have created this comprehensive timeline with step-by-step actions based on guidance from the CDC and EEOC Pandemic.

FFCRA & CARES Act  |  Updated Information for Employers (Podcast) — [ Posted 5/11/2020 ] Listen in for a comprehensive overview of what you need to know now as an employer regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

COVID-19 Related Employee Work Leave (PDF) — Identifying When and How to Pay Employees

U.S. Department of Labor Q&A (External Link) — Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act  |  How to Prepare for Implementation (Podcast) —  Tips to help you ensure a successful implementation of the FFCRA for your HR department and a smooth experience for your employees requesting leave.

Required notification on employee rights (PDF) — this is a required notice for all employers with 500 or less employees. Must be posted or electronically distributed by April 1, 2020

Minnesota unemployment links: General, Owners, and Employees

Please click below to view communications sent to government clients:

Email Newsletter Sent April 7, 2020

Email Sent March 19, 2020

Email Sent March 13, 2020

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FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. The content presented within our resource center and in our recordings is for informational purposes only. The thoughts and ideas expressed in the content and within the recordings do not constitute professional advice. This information should not be relied upon by you or any third party, including to maintain regulatory compliance with federal or state laws, conduct the human resources or payroll functions of your organization, operate or promote your organization, obtain any regulatory or governmental approvals, or otherwise be used in connection with procuring services or other benefits from any entity. Before taking any action, please consult with a professional advisor.