COVID-19: IOWA COMMISSIONER JOSEPH CORTESE POSTPONES IN PERSON HEARINGS UNTIL MARCH 19, 2021
On October 12, 2020, Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese extended the postponement of in-person hearings by the commission from November 21, 2020 to March 19, 2021. This order was expected and is a continuation of the previous order issued by the Commissioner at the start of the pandemic, but it has some far reaching and important implications for workers' compensation files.
For example, as part of the order, all in-person hearings scheduled to take place between November 21, 2020 and March 19, 2021, will automatically be set to take place over CourtCall, an internet-video based system, at their previously scheduled time. CourtCall is paid for by the Division of Workers’ Compensation, but witnesses and those wishing to observe the hearings must be prepared to use the system to attend.
COVID-19 has had far reaching implications in the Iowa Workers’ Compensation field. For information on how the order will specifically affect your case, please contact Paul Barta or Micah Hawker Boehnke at 402-475-1075.