Pending Changes for Shoulder Injuries under Iowa Workers’ Compensation Law

As you’re likely aware, in April the Iowa State Senate enacted a comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill. We will be periodically updating this blog to detail highlights of certain sections. Further, if you are an employer or insurer and would like a comprehensive update or training on these issues please don’t hesitate to contact PBarta@BaylorEvnen.com […]

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IOWA REFRESHER: INJURED WORKERS 65 OR OLDER ON DATE OF INJURY ENTITLED TO ADDITIONAL EXEMPTION

During tax season, everyone is looking to maximize their tax deductions. As a refresher, pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, you are allowed an additional tax deduction if you are not itemizing and age 65 or older at the end of the tax year¹. You are considered to be 65 on the day before your […]

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Governor Branstad Signs Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill into Law

On March 30, 2017, Governor Branstad signed into law the Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill passed by the Iowa House of Representatives and State Senate. Over the next few weeks, Baylor Evnen attorneys will be authoring a series of articles/blog posts detailing topics such as the following: effective dates, handling recommendations in light of specific statutory […]

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Iowa Senate Passes Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill, Awaits Ratification by Governor Branstad

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Iowa State Senate passed essentially the same version of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill previously passed by the Iowa House of Representatives. For the applicable amendments to Iowa Workers’ Compensation law, please see our prior blog entry detailing the bill passed by the House. https://baylorevnenworkerscompensationblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/modified-workers-compensation-reform-bill-is-passed-by-iowa-house-of-representatives-still-must-be-addressed-by-iowa-senate/ The bill still […]

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Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dallas J. Jones Inducted Into College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Baylor Evnen congratulates Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney Dallas J. Jones on his 2017 induction into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. This is an honor bestowed on practitioners and judges in the workers’ compensation field who have demonstrated exceptional service and capabilities in workers’ compensation. If you’d like to congratulate Dallas Jones or speak with […]

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Modified Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill Is Passed By Iowa House of Representatives, Still Must Be Addressed By Iowa Senate

Recently House file 518 was passed by the Iowa House of Representatives. This was the House’s version of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill. Please note that the Iowa Senate still would have to vote on and pass the reform bill before it would be presented to the Governor. Some amendments were made to the […]

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Employers Voice Opposition to LB 147

Recently, a bill was introduced by State Senator Hansen which would require employers in Nebraska and/or insurers to pay an additional 30 days of benefits to employees even in situations where no work restrictions are assigned. Essentially, LB 147 indicates that for purposes of providing “fair notice” if disability benefits are being paid, a worker […]

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Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill Moves Forward

Recently, House Bill HF518 and Senate Bill SF435 have moved forward. As you’ll see in our prior entries below, there are significant reforms being proposed which would make the workers’ compensation system more equitable for all parties involved as opposed to its’ current iteration of a one-sided system. It is possible that these bills will […]

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Nebraska Court of Appeals Takes Issue With Trial Court’s Factual Findings in Recent Case

The Nebraska Court of Appeals recently decided the case of Hintz vs Farmers’ Cooperative Association, which appears to represent a departure from the normal standards of review applicable to workers’ compensation appeals. In the decision filed February 28, 2017, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision that the plaintiff was not entitled to […]

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Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill to Be Filed In Iowa Senate

Recently, a comprehensive workers’ compensation reform bill has been put forward before the Iowa State Senate. This bill is intended to address various inequalities in the Iowa Workers’ Compensation System. The bill is comprehensive but, if adopted, would address many issues including but not limited to making a shoulder injury a scheduled member injury as […]

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