Apr 29, 2022
ABI Priority Heads to Governor Reynolds
This was a significant week for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) as the Legislature passed unemployment insurance tax reform, which is ABI’s top legislative priority for 2022.
The Legislative News is updated regularly by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s (ABI) public policy team with information about the latest activity in the Iowa Legislature, administratively and at the federal level.
Apr 14, 2022
ABI staff continues to work with members of the Senate on legislation to reform the relationship between pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and the pharmacies they reimburse for prescriptions filled for participants in ABI member employee health plans.
Aug 27, 2021
This week, a group of Iowans filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend and the State of Iowa this week over the decision to end federal unemployment insurance benefits early.
Apr 30, 2021
On Wednesday, the Senate Ways & Means Committee approved SSB 1273, legislation that implements a one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits and eliminates bonus wage credits and benefit weeks when a business closing is involved.
Dec 17, 2020
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, Iowa Gov. Reynolds held a press conference and announced that bars and restaurants may return to normal hours of operation while respecting distancing and masking requirements previously prescribed.
Dec 17, 2020
Gov. Reynolds’ Office issued a press release on Monday that included a number of different measures she has taken to provide economic relief to small businesses, farmers, healthcare providers, individual families and others through the CARES Act block grant that Iowa received earlier this year.
Dec 17, 2020
As Iowa prepares to deploy and administer the COVID-19 vaccine over the coming weeks and months, companies might wonder if they can require individuals who work for them to receive the vaccine to ensure a safe working environment.
Apr 9, 2020
IWD continues to update and change some of its initial policy decisions on unemployment after the passage of federal legislation, additional guidance from the Department of Labor and responding to extra stress on the unemployment insurance trust fund.
Apr 2, 2020
Iowa Workforce Development announced on Monday that employees who will be or are laid off, or are unable to work, due to the coronavirus will no longer be required to use all paid leave prior to being eligible for unemployment benefits.
Nov 7, 2019
The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board recently met and signed off on recommendations that encourage the Legislature to eliminate the current 3% THC cap and impose a purchase limit when it comes to Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program.
Oct 10, 2019
The city council of Waterloo passed an ordinance on Monday that would prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal background history and conducting a background check until a conditional offer of employment has been extended.
Jul 2, 2019
Donna Burkett, bureau chief of the Labor Market Information Division at Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), and Kathy Leggett, Future Ready Iowa policy advisor at IWD, will serve as guest speakers for the Employment & Workforce Public Policy Committee meeting set to meet on Wednesday, August 7 at ABI.
Apr 11, 2019
The Iowa Senate on Wednesday amended SF 563, which was legislation geared toward the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry often seen as the “middleman” when it comes to prescription drugs and pricing that employers and consumers ultimately pay.
Oct 18, 2018
With workforce a top priority for businesses across the state, Iowa Workforce Development announced organizations have until 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 to submit proposals to receive funding to grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa.
Oct 18, 2018
On Tuesday, the Iowa STEM Advisory Council, co-chaired by ABI board member Roger Hargens (Accu-Mold), released an independent evaluation that measures the council’s progress toward increasing student interest and achievement in STEM education and workforce development in Iowa.
Jul 12, 2018
Iowa Workforce Development has started to gather stakeholder input on addressing the issue of seasonal employment, temporary layoffs and how unemployment for temporary layoffs, as currently defined, affects the unemployment trust fund and tax tables.
Jun 21, 2018
The Iowa Supreme Court ruling on a former Iowa Workforce Development judge’s wrongful termination suit against the Department of Iowa Workforce Development and its former Director Theresa Walhert could have a broad impact on Iowa employers.
Dec 14, 2017
Each year ABI works to defend the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund, an account funded by employers used to pay unemployment benefits to unemployed Iowa workers who lose their job through no fault of their own.
Nov 9, 2017
A group that included legislators, community colleges, college professors, school administrators, teachers, representatives of school boards and technology companies recently released a series of recommendations aimed at enhancing computer science education in school districts across Iowa.
Aug 17, 2017
ABI is seeking member volunteers to apply to serve on the reorganized Workforce Development Board. The composition of the board has changed dramatically due to result of HF572 being passed and signed into law this past legislative session.
Jul 27, 2017
As a legislative pension year approaches, a group of Senators met Tuesday, July 25 to hear about the status of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), which is the pension system for most state employees. Donna Mueller, the CEO of the system gave an overview of the history of IPERS and some of the market driven and legislative changes that have taken place to IPERS.
Jun 22, 2017
Leading up to our ABI policy committee meetings in late summer, we will highlight each of ABI’s five policy committees, so you know more about the mission and purview of each committee. These committees steer the direction of ABI’s policy agenda each legislative session.
Mar 30, 2017
The Iowa Senate on Monday passed HF 295, which preempts local governments from implementing ordinances that are different than those at the state level related to wages, benefits and hiring practices, as well as other types of prohibitions on private businesses.
Mar 30, 2017
The passage of workers’ compensation reform (HF 518) is a major legislative accomplishment for ABI members, and it couldn’t have happened without our allies in the Iowa Legislature. It is important to thank them for their support of this and other ABI priorities.
Oct 27, 2016
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Director of Iowa Workforce Development Beth Townsend announced that the Future Ready Iowa Alliance membership has been set and will meet for the first time at noon on Friday at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.
Aug 25, 2016
The Iowa Supreme Court denied a petition for rehearing filed by the Employment Appeal Board (EAB) to reconsider a ruling in Irving vs. Employment Appeal Board that will have a detrimental effect on unemployment benefits and administration of those benefits, as well as potentially impact employer taxes.
Jul 14, 2016
ABI participated on Monday as a key stakeholder in an Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) meeting convened by IWD Director Beth Townsend about ways to address minority unemployment, connecting minority communities to available jobs, increasing diversity in the workplace and bridging the skills gap.
Apr 7, 2016
Members of an Iowa Senate appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday considered Senate Study Bill 3176, which seeks to improve Iowa Workforce Development’s infrastructure technology and update Iowa’s workforce services policies as directed by the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Feb 4, 2016
Although it was a short week due to the Iowa caucuses and inclement weather, the Iowa Legislature wasted no time meeting about issues that will negatively affect businesses’ bottom lines. From health care mandates to additional exposure to lawsuits, proposals in both the House and Senate will increase the cost of doing business in Iowa.