Iowa unemployment benefits

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 […]

Hostility, harassment forced high school football coach to quit, then leave small Iowa town

BY: - April 21, 2021

Hostility and harassment from an assistant coach and football fans drove a high school coach to not only resign but move his family out of his tiny central Iowa community, according to state records. Shaen Polasky resigned from the West Central Valley Community School District as head football coach in the fall of 2019, and […]

Iowan fired for ‘Millions of Dead Cops’ Facebook post, while police officer is fired for the N-word

BY: - April 17, 2021

An Iowa man fired from his job after posting a “Millions of Dead Cops” logo to his Facebook page is entitled to unemployment benefits, while an Iowa police officer who used the N-word is not, according to two separate judges’ rulings. In May 2020, Logan Creach was hired by Linder Tire Service as a part-time […]

Iowa man fired for wearing a ‘DEMOTED’ face mask collects jobless benefits

BY: - April 16, 2021

An Iowa man who showed up for work at a pawn shop while wearing a face mask that said “DEMOTED” is entitled to unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. Jason McComas had worked for EZ Pawn Iowa for several years when he was demoted in July 2020 as part of a corporate restructuring that involved […]

Iowa cop: After excessive-force probe, I resigned to ‘save my career’ in policing

BY: - March 2, 2021

A former Shenandoah police officer says that in an effort to land a job with another police agency, he quit his job last summer amid an excessive-force investigation related to his conduct. City officials say they didn’t inform the state police academy of that investigation. They now call it a confidential personnel matter despite a […]

Iowa state senator: ‘We’re out of the pandemic’

BY: - February 25, 2021

An Iowa senator advocating for legislation to cut unemployment benefits for out-of-work Iowans, said Thursday the state is “out of the pandemic.” “The restrictions have been lifted in Iowa, our unemployment is back down near 3 percent. We’re out of the pandemic,” Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, said during a meeting of the Senate Labor and […]