Archive | April, 2015

Iowa Senate Confirms new Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner

Following an appointment by Governor Terry Branstad, Joseph Cortese has been confirmed by the Iowa Senate as the next Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner by a vote of 42-8. Cortese will have a six year term running through 2021. Cortese was formally a partner at the Des Moines law firm of Huber, Huber, Book Cortese & […]

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate Change

Under ICA § 85.27, there are circumstances where mileage will be reimbursed for travel for medical treatment. Please be aware that on July 1, 2015, the medical mileage reimbursement rate will be changing to $0.575. This is up from $0.56 that will remain in effect until June 30, 2015. For information for compensable expenses under […]

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If an Employee’s Disability Prevents Them From Working Fulltime are They Permanently Disabled?

In Armstrong v. State, 290 Neb. 205, the Nebraska Supreme Court clarified that a worker is not totally disabled solely because the worker’s disability prevents him or her from working full time.  The plaintiff injured her left shoulder while working as a staff nurse at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home and asserted that she had […]

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