COVID-19 UPDATE: DOL’S FFCRA REVISED REGULATIONS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT HEALTH CARE PROVIDER EXCLUSION

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised regulations related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) after a federal court decision invalidated several initial regulatory provisions. The new regulations were posted in the Federal Register and became effective as of September 16, 2020.  The DOL updated Q&A can be […]

CHAVEZ v. MS TECHNOLOGY, LLC: THE CONTINUED EVOLUTION IN THE DEFINITION OF WHAT A ‘SHOULDER’ IS UNDER SECTION 85.34(2)(n)

On September 30, 2020, the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, Joseph S. Cortese, II, issued another opinion further clarifying the definition of a ‘shoulder’ in Iowa. Chavez v. MS Technology, LLC. was issued on the heels of a prior recent opinion from the Commissioner regarding the definition of a ‘shoulder,’ Deng v. Farmland Foods, Inc. The […]

SIGNIFICANT INTERPRETATION BY IOWA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER REGARDING THE SHOULDER AS A SCHEDULED MEMBER VS. THE BODY AS A WHOLE

On September 29, 2020, the Commissioner of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Division, Joseph Cortese, II, issued an Appeal Decision in Mary Deng v. Farmland Foods, Inc. This Decision addressed the definition of a shoulder as a scheduled member injury. On July 1, 2017 the Iowa Legislature amended Iowa Code section 85.34(2) to include injuries to […]

FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO FIGHT FIRES OUT OF STATE ARE LIKELY COVERED UNDER IOWA’S WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT

Recently, the wild fires on the west coast have gotten so out of control, smoke from the fires can be seen in the sky over most of the Midwest, including Iowa. As a result, some municipalities and other state organizations, have elected to send their firefighters to the west coast to help control the flames. […]

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

During this period of rapidly-evolving information, it is important for businesses, organizations, and employers to stay up to date. Baylor Evnen will continue to provide updates on changing legislation, regulations, administrative guidance, and governmental mandates as a service to our clients.  We have compiled a list of coronavirus resources you may find helpful, which is […]
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