Iowa unemployment benefits

Judge: Iowa nurse was justified in quitting ‘unsafe’ nursing home

BY: - July 26, 2021

An Iowa judge has ruled that a nurse was justified in quitting her job at a Lee County nursing home due to concerns that staffing levels were unlawful and were unsafe for residents. State records indicate Kristin Pullins had worked for the Montrose Health Center since 2018 as a full-time registered nurse. In early 2020, […]

Jobless benefits update: Abuse, harassment and ‘Weenie Bite’ ruminations

BY: - July 26, 2021

Hundreds of Iowans left jobless amid allegations of harassment, ethics violations and other forms of misconduct have had their claims for unemployment benefits decided by an administrative law judge in recent weeks. In some cases, the workers were found to have committed misconduct, while other cases involve employers whose actions left the workers with no […]

Jobless Iowans who contracted COVID-19 continue to be denied unemployment benefits

BY: - June 29, 2021

Iowans forced out of work after being sickened by COVID-19 continue to be denied unemployment benefits by the state, while those who voluntarily quit their jobs due to the risk of contracting the virus are collecting benefits. Under Iowa law, workers can often collect state unemployment benefits after quitting a job due to intolerable or […]

School district refused to let domestic-abuse victim return to work

BY: - June 13, 2021

An Iowa school district acted unreasonably when it refused to let a teacher who had been the victim of domestic abuse return to work without first seeking counseling. The school district’s actions resulted in the teacher losing pay and employment, even though she posed no threat to anyone at the school, the judge found. Mara […]

Federal unemployment benefits end today. What does that mean for Iowans?

BY: - June 12, 2021

James Kennedy, a Mount Vernon musician, said the end of Iowa’s federal unemployment benefits feels almost like “blackmail.” “This decision … to withdraw literally forces people to go back to work in a very unsafe environment,” Kennedy said. “I find that very life-threatening.”  Kennedy and his wife, Catherine Lawson-Kennedy, lead the Heart Consort Music group. […]

Care-facility worker who contracted COVID-19 not entitled to jobless benefits, judge says

BY: - June 1, 2021

An Iowa woman who contracted COVID-19 while working in a treatment facility where residents ignored face-mask requirements is not entitled to state unemployment benefits, an Iowa judge has ruled. Since 2015, Erin Phillips had worked as a substance abuse counselor in a residential treatment facility run by Trinity Medical Center. Due to the pandemic, Trinity required […]

County prosecutor accused of insulting judges and making sexually charged remarks

BY: - May 6, 2021

Editor’s note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers. A Wapello County criminal prosecutor is accused of making sexually charged comments to employees and making denigrating comments about the judges he faced in court. The allegations against Wapello County Attorney Reuben Neff were made by Tanvi Yenna, who worked in Neff’s […]

Iowa has logged 37,000 fraudulent claims for unemployment during the pandemic

BY: - May 4, 2021

Iowa has fielded at least 37,000 fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to state officials. That works out to more than 87 fraudulent claims filed each day of the pandemic. Those claims are tied specifically to identity theft, wherein people have filed claims pretending to be real Iowans who may […]

Cupcake decorator fired for running over ex-husband’s girlfriend wins jobless benefits

BY: - April 30, 2021

A cupcake decorator who was fired from her job after running over her ex-husband’s girlfriend is entitled to unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. Marilyn Meron, 31, of Waterloo, was employed as a decorator at the city’s Scratch Cupcakery outlet last year, icing cupcakes and other baked goods in the business’ kitchen. On Sept. 10, […]

Several major bills linger as Iowa legislative session heads into overtime

BY: - April 29, 2021

Friday marks the 110th day of Iowa’s legislative session, the final day that lawmakers are being paid per diem for their work at the Capitol. But several key issues including the state budget, tax cuts, policing, unemployment and “vaccine passports,” have yet to be resolved. “I had a Republican put it to me this way […]

Suspected hospice whistleblower hit with retaliation after a state inspection, judge finds

BY: - April 29, 2021

An Iowa hospice company retaliated against an alleged whistleblower suspected of reporting patient-care concerns to state regulators, a judge has ruled. According to state records, Judith Belcher had worked for Heartland Hospice Services of Davenport as a full-time medical social worker for four years before her termination in December 2020. At times, Belcher was providing […]

Senate committee advances bill that would delay unemployment-benefit payouts

BY: - April 28, 2021

Legislation that would delay the payout of unemployment benefits to jobless Iowans moved forward Wednesday in the Iowa Senate. The Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced Senate Study Bill 1273 on a 10-5, party-line vote. The bill would revise Iowa’s unemployment-benefit law, in part by imposing a one-week delay on the initial collection of benefits […]