unemployment benefits

Former prosecutor charged with harassment wins jobless benefits

BY: - August 4, 2021

A former Iowa prosecutor now facing criminal charges of harassment for allegedly using his position at work to threaten or extort his ex-fiancée is entitled to unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. Ryan McCord, 41, was employed as an assistant county attorney for Des Moines County last summer when he allegedly began harassing his ex-fiancée […]

Extra unemployment benefits will end in June, Reynolds orders

BY: - May 11, 2021

Unemployed Iowans will lose their extra $300 per week benefit and other federal pandemic unemployment assistance in June, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday. “Federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs initially provided displaced Iowans with crucial assistance when the pandemic began,” Reynolds said in a press release. “But now that our businesses and schools have reopened, these […]

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 […]

Iowan who cited religious beliefs in refusing to wear a mask is denied jobless benefits

BY: - April 14, 2021

An Iowa man who refused to wear a COVID-19 face mask at work because it violated his religious beliefs is not entitled to unemployment benefits, a state judge has ruled. State records indicate that since 2012, Aaron Vulich worked sporadically for Tri-City Electric of Iowa as a communication technician, installing internet networks and other infrastructure […]

Judge rules against Iowa bar accused of ‘staging’ virus-mitigation measures

BY: - April 13, 2021

A manager who resigned from an Iowa tavern that allegedly “staged” an array of COVID-19 mitigation measures for the benefit of state regulators is entitled to collect unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. State records indicate that when the COVID-19 pandemic struck last spring, the After Hour Shop, a bar and grill in Truesdale, seven […]

Congress clears giant $1.9T emergency relief package for Biden’s signature

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — A sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote. The massive bill includes a new round of $1,400 direct checks for many Americans, as well as an extension of expanded unemployment checks to assist […]


Families take a back seat to big business in Iowa Legislature

BY: - March 1, 2021

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature like to proclaim they are pro-life and pro-family. Most of the time, they act that way, pushing bills that they believe support parents and families. But what happens when their pro-life, pro-family agenda gets in the way of another one of their priorities:  courting and catering to big business? Three […]

Bill would cut Iowa unemployment benefits for workers starting in 2022

BY: - February 23, 2021

A business-backed proposal to cut unemployment benefits for workers and reduce dependent benefits for people with large families drew criticism Tuesday for adding stress to already-stretched Iowans. House Study Bill 203 would impose a one-week waiting period before new unemployment benefits would start after someone loses a job. It also would cut off extra benefits […]

Iowa judge: Mask policy didn’t violate worker’s religious rights

BY: - February 2, 2021

An Iowa judge has denied unemployment benefits for a dental technician who cited religious reasons for refusing to wear a face mask intended to help slow the spread of coronavirus. State records indicate Kelly C. Jones lost her job last year at Cloak Dental Labs of Williamsburg after a series of conflicts with her boss […]

Unemployment claims continue downward trend in Iowa

BY: - January 21, 2021

The number of new unemployment claims filed in Iowa decreased again last week, as did the number of claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa Workforce Development reported Thursday that for the week ending Jan. 16, there were 6,785 new claims for unemployment benefits filed, a decrease of 581 from last week’s adjusted numbers. The […]

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Sioux City charity fires two school-program officials, alleging misuse of taxpayer dollars

BY: - January 1, 2021

Two administrators at a Sioux City charity were fired earlier this year after being accused of misspending federal grant money. State unemployment records indicate that in May, the Siouxland Human Investment Partnership, a tax-exempt charity that provides health and education services to citizens of Woodbury County, fired two of the organization’s directors in its Beyond […]

High school girls’ coach fired after making overtures toward former student

BY: - December 30, 2020

A former girls’ soccer coach was fired from Des Moines East High School earlier this year after contacting a former student and asking whether she’d broken up with her boyfriend. State unemployment records indicate Oscar Meza of Des Moines was fired earlier this year from his job as a full-time campus monitor for East High […]