CBD OIL IN IOWA, COMPENSABLE?

In many shops and stores you will find CBD Oil being advertised as a legal substance that has health benefits. CBD Oil has been legalized in Iowa in a limited capacity for medical use only. Iowa Code § 124E. However, in the context of workers’ compensation, insurers and employers are not required to pay for […]

MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND CBD OIL, COMPENSABLE?

In Nebraska you will find CBD Oil and other Marijuana extract products in various locations. Medical Marijuana is not currently legal in this state but the prevalence of these Marijuana extract products, which promise health benefits, begs the question: Are these products compensable under Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act? Marijuana and its extracts are illegal in […]

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF AN EMPLOYEE IS EARNING THE SAME OR GREATER WAGES UNDER SECTION 85.34(2)(V) TO PRECLUDE ASSESSMENT OF INDUSTRIAL DISABILITY?

Section 85.34(2)(v) can be used to limit an employee’s permanent disability indemnity recovery for a body as a whole injury to just the amount of functional loss sustained by the injury (as opposed to assessment based on industrial disability which is typically higher); as outlined in the AMA Guidelines 5th Edition.  However, for this provision […]

COVID-19: IOWA COMMISSIONER JOSEPH CORTESE POSTPONES IN-PERSON HEARINGS UNTIL January 28, 2022

On September 15, 2021, Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese extended the postponement of in-person hearings by the commission from October 29, 2021 to January 28, 2022. This is the same order that has been in effect in Iowa since March 16, 2020. As part of the order, all in-person hearings scheduled to take place between […]

NEBRASKA SUPREME COURT SET TO DECIDE IF AN EMPLOYER MUST BUILD AN ACCESSIBLE HOME FOR AN INJURED EMPLOYEE

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently considered whether an employer can be ordered to pay for the costs of constructing a custom-built accessible home for an employee. In Lewis v. MBC Construction Co., the employee was injured in the course of his employment and had his left leg amputated. After the injury, the employee asked his […]

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: COVID-19 REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTIONS IN IOWA

During the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session, legislators introduced two bills to amend the COVID-19 Response and Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act (“the Act”). The Act currently limits liability for businesses in civil actions arising from COVID-19 exposure but does not impact workers’ compensation claims. If passed, proposed bills HF 121 and SF 138 would provide employee-friendly […]
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