COVID-19 Legal Update: Iowa

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Division of Workers' Compensation

 

How does the state define an occupational disease?

Iowa Chapter 85A.8; Occupational diseases shall be only those diseases which arise out of and in the course of the employee’s employment. Such diseases shall have a direct causal connection with the employment and must have followed as a natural incident thereto from injurious exposure occasioned by the nature of the employment. Such disease must be incidental to the character of the business, occupation or process in which the employee was employed and not independent of the employment. Such disease need not have been foreseen or expected but after its contraction it must appear to have had its origin in a risk connected with the employment and to have resulted from that source as an incident and rational consequence. A disease which follows from a hazard to which an employee has or would have been equally exposed outside of said occupation is not compensable as an occupational disease.

 

COVid-19 Specific Laws, agency declarations/ press releases, or enacted regulation?

No.

 

Court Closures & Modified Call

COVID-19 Impact to Operations

 

Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open.

 

Does this state have a shelter-in-place in order?

No.

 

ANY STATE-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON DISABILITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, OR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR COVID-19? 

Unemployment.

 

Last Updated: 7/14/2020