Hearings: Vocational Training & Education Program Under Iowa Code Section 85.70(2)

Employees who sustain a work injury to a shoulder, and are unable to return to gainful employment due to the resulting permanent partial disability, may qualify to participate in the vocational training and education program under Iowa Code section 85.70(2) and Rule 876 IAC 4.50.

If the employee, the employer, or employer's insurance carrier dispute an action relating to the vocational education and training program, the aggrieved party may initiate a contested case proceeding by completing and filing an Original Notice & Petition Concerning Application for Vocational Training & Education for Shoulder Injuries (Form 100D, 14-0012) with the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC).

DWC will hold a hearing after a party files a proper Original Notice & Petition Concerning Application for Vocational Training & Education for Shoulder Injuries (Form 100D, 14-0012).

This page has information about hearing concerning application for vocational training and education.

Legal Advice & Representation

If you receive a petition or notice of hearing concerning the vocational training and education program, you may wish to seek representation of an attorney.

For resources to help you get legal advice or hire an attorney, click here.

Notice of Hearing

DWC will notify the employee, employer, and insurance carrier (if any) of the time, place, and type of hearing by email, ordinary mail, or fax.

Hearing Type

The hearing will be a telephone hearing unless one of the parties requests an in-person hearing.

All in-person hearings concerning an application for vocational training and education program are conducted in Des Moines, Iowa.

eFiling on WCES

DWC requires parties to electronically file (eFile) documents for cases such as one regarding the vocational training and education program.

For information about mandatory eFiling on WCES, click here.

Evidence

All written evidence must be filed with DWC before the date of hearing.

Written evidence must be limited to 50 pages per party.

Any written evidence to be used by the employer, the employer’s insurance carrier, or the employee must be exchanged with all opposing parties prior to the hearing.

Motions

DWC will make no rulings on motions, except for timely motions to change the type of hearing.

Briefs

Hearing briefs, if any, must be filed with the agency before the date of the hearing and must be limited to five pages.

Audio Recordings

DWC will record the audio of the hearing. Parties may request a copy of the audio recording.

Decision

DWC will issue a decision within 30 working days of a party filing a proper Original Notice & Petition Concerning Application for Vocational Training & Education for Shoulder Injuries.

Iowa Law & Agency Orders

Nothing on this page supersedes or changes any provision of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code; decision issued by Iowa courts, the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner or a deputy commissioner; or order issued by DWC.