Member/Partner Jean Dickson recently authored an article for the Iowa Defense Counsel regarding House File 518 – Three Years Later.
As a direct result of the 2016 election, the Republican controlled Iowa legislature passed a number of sweeping legislative changes which have been considered “pro-business.” This included “House File 518.”
House File 518 amended key aspects of Iowa Code Chapter 85 and 86, dealing with workers’ compensation and likely was intended to reduce the costs of workers’ compensation.
The Iowa House of Representatives introduced House File 518 on March 3, 2017, and passed this bill (55-38) on March 16, 2017. The Iowa Senate passed House File 518 without Amendments (29-21) on March 27, 2017. The Iowa House of Representatives sent House File 518 to the Governor for his signature on March 29, 2017. Governor Branstad signed and approved House File 518 on March 30, 2017. The Amended Act took effect on July 1, 2017.
The legislation was comprehensive, and included many substantive changes to workers’ compensation law. Dickson drafted the article to discuss the changes three years into the same.
The article was published in For the Defense and can be read HERE.