New Law Impacts Workers’ Compensation Rules in Iowa

Posted on April 19, 2017

by Stefanie White in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On March 30, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a new workers’ compensation reform bill into law, which made significant changes to the previous law. The bill will affect injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2017, and do not apply to ongoing claims.

The changes to the law impact the following areas:

  • Intoxication defense
  • Notice of injury
  • Statute of limitations
  • Suitable work
  • Commencement date for permanent partial disability benefits
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits for shoulder injuries
  • Industrial disability provisions
  • Functional impairment provisions
  • Permanent partial impairment and permanent total disability
  • Permanent total disability provisions
  • Credits for overpayments
  • Pre-existing/successive disabilities
  • Independent medical examinations
  • Commutation settlements
  • Jurisdiction over injuries occurring outside of Iowa
  • Judicial review/appeals
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Interest

A more detailed explanation of the law changes can be accessed here.

The information in the email and summaries are for informational use only and does not constitute legal counsel or advice. Agents and customers are advised to consult with their employment labor counsel before taking any action based on the information contained in the communications.

Information courtesy of AF Group. 

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