Workers’ compensation bill signed into law, goes into effect July 1

April 6, 2017

Last Thursday, Gov. Terry Branstad signed HF 518 into law, which reforms Iowa’s workers’ compensation law. The effective date is July 1, 2017. The Division of Workers’ Compensation may need to establish rules to implement the legislation, and we will need your feedback and expertise through this process.

In addition to formal rulemaking which goes through the legislative process. The Division of Workers’ Compensation will also be evaluating whether any forms or petitions may need to be changed, eliminated or created. The division is seeking informal comment from the public. If you have feedback on processes that need to be improved, please send your comments to Michelle Vollstedt, These comments will be aggregated into comprehensive comments provided to the division from ABI. You may also provide specific suggestions to Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Heather Palmer,