News and Updates

The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) periodically posts news and updates with information relating to the Iowa workers' compensation system and the agency's work on this page.

OCTOBER 2020

Order of the Commissioner: Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Regular Proceeding Hearings Through March 19, 2021 (October 12, 2020)

august 2020

Order of the Commissioner:  Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Regular Proceeding Hearings Through November 20, 2020 (August 14, 2020)

July 2020

Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee Cancels 2020 Syposium, Will Put on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Series Instead

June 2020

Order of the Commissioner:  Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Agency Services (June 1, 2020)

Order of the Commissioner:  Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Regular Proceeding Hearings Through September 14, 2020 (June 1, 2020)

May 2020

New Resource Available:  Ratebook Information document for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021

New Resource Available:  Ratebook Spreadsheet for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021

New Information Available:  Mileage Reimbursement Rate for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021

New Information Available:  Maximum & Minimum Workers' Compensation Weekly Benefit Amounts for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021

New Resource Available:  "Iowa Workers' Compensation:  Questions & Answers" Brochure Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021

Administrative Rules: DWC Adopts and Files Changes to 876 Iowa Administrative Code chapters 1, 4, 5, 7 to 9, 12 (ARC 5042C)

3 Deputy Commissioners Temporarily Reassigned to Help With Unemployment Appeals

April 2020

Order of the Commissioner:  Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Agency Services

March 2020

Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee (IWCAC) Symposium Rescheduled

Administrative Rules:  DWC Files Notice of Intended Action, ARC 4993C

DWC Closed to Public Past the Lobby Effective March 23, 2020

DWC to Close for Weekend at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020

Update:  Information About Using CourtCall

Order of the Commissioner:  Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Regular Proceeding Hearings

Information:  Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update:  Contact Information for Agency Staff

Information:  2020 & 2021 Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (IWAC) Seminar

Information:  2020 & 2021 Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee (IWCAC) Symposium

February 2020

New Form Available:  Payment Activity Report (PAR) for Settlements & Commutations

January 2020

New Resources Available:  Vocational Training & Education for Shoulder Injuries Under Iowa Code Section 85.70(2)

New Resource Availabe:  WCES Hearing Schedule

Andrew Phillips Hired as a Deputy Workers' Compensation Commissioner

Effective January 13, 2020:  New Mailing Address for Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation

New Form:  Information Request (Form 14-0083)

Order of the Commissioner:  In the Matter of Electronic Payment of Filing Fees Using the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

Notice:  The Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES) Down for Scheduled Update From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT on January 6, 2020

December 2019

New Resources Available:  Vocational Training & Education Under Iowa Code Section 85.70(2)

New Resource Available:  Online Forms Index

New Resources Available:  Preparing & eFiling Exhibits

Jessica Cleereman Hired as a Deputy Workers' Compensation Commissioner

Effective March 2, 2020:  Change in Billing Practices for Records Requests

November 2019

New eFiling Tips Available:  Answers & Appearances

New eFiling Tips Available:  Form 100 -- Original Notice & Petition

Order of the Commissioner:  Delegation of Authority -- Appeals

New Resources Available:  Termination of Nonelection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

New Webform:  Termination of Nonelection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

New Resources Available: Nonelection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

New Webform:  Nonelection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

New Resources Available:  Termination of Rejection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

New Webform:  Termination of Rejection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

New Resources Available:  Rejection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

New Webform:  Rejection of Workers' Compensation or Employers' Liability Coverage Under Iowa Code Section 87.22

October 2019

New eFiling Tips Available:  Using the Correct File Number

New eFiling Tips Available:  All Document Types

Penny Maxwell Appointed Assistant Workers' Compensation Commissioner

New Written Instructions Available:  Requesting a Hearing on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

New Tutorial Video Now Available:  Requesting a Hearing on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

Updated Quick Start Guide Now Available:  Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

Order of the Commissioner:  In re Hearings at Road Venues On or After January 1, 2020

New FAQ Available:  Scheduling Hearings on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

Order of the Commissioner:  In re Scheduling Hearings Using the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

September 2019

Revised Form Now Available:  Hearing Report in Word Format -- September 23, 2019

New eFiling Tips Available:  Settlement Documents

New FAQ Available:  Filing a Document When You Can't eFile on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

August 2019

Order of the Commissioner:  In re Proposed Exhibits Filed Under 876 Iowa Administrative Code 4.19(3)(d)

Reminder:  Mandatory eFiling Deadlines for Hearings On or After Sept. 1, 2019

New Hearing Report Forms in Microsoft Word Format Now Available

Order of the Commissioner:  What Date Stamp Governs for Documents Paper-Filed From July 1, 2019, Through July 19, 2019, and Subsequently Electronically Filed by Agency Staff

Latest Version of Chapter 876 of the Iowa Administrative Code Now Available

July 2019

eFiling by DWC Staff of Documents Previously Paper-Filed

Iowa Administrative Code Supplement Published With Amendments to Chapter 876

Change in Location for Hearings in Davenport Effective Aug. 1, 2019

Maximum and Minimum Benefit Amounts From July 1, 2019 Through June 30, 2020

Mileage Reimbursement Rate in Effect From July 1, 2019 Through June 30, 2020

Order of the Commissioner:  Filing of Claimant's Confidential Information Sheet (Form 14-01714)

Order of the Commissioner:  Payment of Filing during transition to the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

eFiling Settlement Documents on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES) through Sept. 1, 2019

Scheduling Hearings During Transition to the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

eFiling on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES) is Live -- July 22, 2019

Now Available:  User Guide for eFiling on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

Now Available:  Tutorial Videos for eFiling on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

Revised Forms Effective July 22, 2019

Order of the Commissioner:  Certain Deadlines for eFiling on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

Revised Uniform Guidelines for Preparation of Hearing Exhibits -- Effective July 22, 2019

Updated Iowa Workers' Compensation Law for Injured Workers -- Questions and Answers (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

Update:  Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES) -- July 12, 2019

September 2018

Notice:  Delay to Start of the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES)

August 2018

Notice:  Proposed Rules for the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES) Are Published

May 2018

Order of the Commissioner:  Late Settlement Sanction

April 2018

Update:  Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Claims

March 2018

Announcement:  New Release 3.1 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Requirement Tables and Trading Partner Profile Registration Now Available

November 2017

Announcement:  Iowa to Implement Claims Release 3.1 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Rather Than 3.0, As Previously Announced

October 2017

Announcement:  Video Participation in Hearings Now Available

September 2017

Announcement:  Change in Road Venue Hearing Times

Hand-Delivery of Documents to the DWC

July 2017

Declaratory Order Regarding Profit Sharing Bonus and Continuous Improvement Pay Plan

June 2017

Sloan v. Mark D. Sloan, D.D.S., P.C., d/b/a Sloan Family Dentistry, P.C., Ruling on Motion to Dismiss Petition for Partial Commutation, No. 5065386 (June 12, 2017)

Notice:  Increase in Copy Fees Effective July 1, 2017

March 2017

Notice:  Increase in Filings Creating Delays -- March 15, 2017