WCES eFiling Transition Resources

The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) requires electronic filing (eFiling) in contested cases using the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES). 

Below are resources relating to the DWC's transition to mandatory eFiling.

Changes to Agency Rules

The DWC amended existing rules and issued new rules relating to eFiling on WCES.

The Legislative Services Agency (LSA) published the Iowa Administrative Bulletin (IAB) and Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) Supplement containing the changes to Chapter 876.

IAB

The amendments to Chapter 876 of the IAC are on pp. 221 through 223 (PDF pp. 47 through 59).

To view the IAB, click here.

IAC Supplement

The amended chapters of Chapter 876 of the IAC are on PDF pp. 785 through 828.

To view the IAC Supplement, click here.

IAC

To view the latest version of Chapter 876 of the IAC, which contains the amendments relating to eFiling on WCES, click here.

STanding OrderS of the Commissioner

Certain Deadlines for EFiling on WCES

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.

Payment of Filing Fees During Transition to WCES

The Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner issued a standing order In the Matter of Payment of Filing Fees During the Transition to the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES).

To view the order, click here.

eFiling of Claimant's Confidential Information Sheet, Form 14-0171

The Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner issued a standing order In the Matter of Electronic Filing of the Claimant's Confidential Information Sheet, Form 14-0171, on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES).

To view the order, click here.

What Date Stamp Governs on Documents Paper-Filed From July 1, 2019, Through July 19, 2019, and Subsequently eFiled by Agency Staff

The Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner issued a standing order In the Matter of What Date Stamp Governs for Documents Paper-Filed With the Agency From July 1, 2019, Through July 19, 2019, and Subsequently Electronically Filed by Agency Staff.

To view the order, click here.

New Uniform Guidelines for Preparation of Hearing Exhibits

As part of the transition to WCES, the DWC has made changes to the Uniform Guidelines for Preparation of Hearing Exhibits (Uniform Guidelines). The new Uniform Guidelines take effect on July 22, 2019.

To view the new Uniform Guidelines, click here.

New DWC Forms

The DWC has changed some of its forms due to the transition to WCES. The forms must be used beginning on July 22, 2019.

To get the new DWC forms, click here.

Overview of eFiling on WCES

For the basics on WCES, click here.