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

August 13, 2019

The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation implemented mandatory electronic filing (eFiling) on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES) effective July 22, 2019.

The Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner issued a standing order In the Matter of Certain Deadlines for Electronic Filing on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES). To view the order, click here.

The Order made it so that the pre-hearing deadlines for eFiling certain documents on WCES apply to cases that go to hearing on or after September 1, 2019, including:

  • At least 14 days before hearing, counsel of record and pro se litigants must file a joint proposed hearing report in Microsoft Word format under 876 IAC 4.19(3)(f).
  • At least 14 days before hearing, counsel of record and pro se litigants must file proposed exhibits in WCES under 876 IAC 4.19(3)(d).
  • At least 7 days before hearing, counsel of record and pro se litigants must file all written objections and motions to exclude evidence in WCES under 876 IAC 4.19(3)(d).

The deadlines for eFiling documents on WCES for hearings scheduled on or after September 1, 2019 is approaching. 

The DWC encourages parties and attorneys to take appropriate steps to ensure that these deadlines are met.

Hearing Report Forms in Microsoft Word Format

To download hearing report forms in Microsoft Word format, click here.

Overview of eFiling on WCES

For an overview of eFiling on WCES, click here.

Transition Resources for eFiling on WCES

For eFiling on WCES transition resources, click here.