unemployment insurance

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iowans win (and lose) jobless benefits due to their employers’ pandemic response

BY: - December 29, 2020

A fast-food worker who resigned after his boss allegedly tried to keep the staff in the dark about a COVID-19 outbreak has successfully appealed the state’s decision to deny him unemployment benefits. State records indicate Terrance R. Hill quit his job as a full-time cook at a Hardee’s restaurant in late May. At that time, […]

Brawl inside nail salon could have been a super-spreader event, Iowa judge says

BY: - December 21, 2020

A brawl that broke out inside a small nail salon in eastern Iowa grew to the point where it could have been a super-spreader event for COVID-19, an Iowa judge has ruled. Administrative Law Judge James Timberland, presiding over an unemployment-benefits case involving a former employee of the Classy Nails salon in Hiawatha, has ruled […]

Iowans’ new claims for unemployment benefits rise 42%

BY: - September 24, 2020

Iowa workers filed 6,601 initial unemployment claims in the week ending Sept. 19, a 42% increase from the 4,652 new claims filed the previous week. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims for the week was 63,291, which represents a decrease of 2,131 from the previous week. Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $17,761,637.89 for the […]

Unemployment claims and benefits continue to drop in Iowa

BY: - August 13, 2020

The number of newly filed claims for unemployment benefits dropped again in Iowa last week, from 6,765 to 5,282. Both numbers reflect the totals prior to adjustments made by the U.S. Department of Labor. The previous week’s adjusted total of new claims is 6,317. The number of ongoing, weekly unemployment claims for the week ending […]

Iowa workers who take leave due to virus fears likely to be denied unemployment benefits

BY: - July 16, 2020

Iowans are being denied state unemployment benefits after taking leaves of absence due to fear of COVID-19, newly disclosed records show. However, the records also show that Iowans who quit their jobs due to unsafe working conditions related to the pandemic are more often awarded benefits. In one case involving a Tyson Foods employee, a […]

New claims for jobless benefits are on the rise again

BY: - July 9, 2020

The number of newly filed claims for unemployment rose in Iowa last week as businesses around the state adjusted to a recent increase in COVID-19 infections. The number of new claims filed for the week ending July 4, was 10,698, a 38% percent increase over the previous week’s 7,732 new claims. The previous week’s total […]

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Iowa’s unemployment claims drop for the third straight week

BY: - June 4, 2020

The number of ongoing unemployment claims in Iowa has declined for the third straight week. The number of continuing, weekly unemployment claims for the week ending May 30 was 165,195 — down 13,000 from the previous week. The number of new claims filed last week was 6,920. The previous week, the state handled 13,653 new […]

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Des Moines’ chief pothole-fixer fired, accused of falsifying records

BY: - April 16, 2020

The plethora of potholes that Des Moines drivers had to dodge last year were partly due to a city employee who falsely claimed the holes had been properly patched, state records show. In 2019, the City of Des Moines fielded 16,000 pothole complaints from citizens, which was roughly 10,000 more than usual. The city’s public works […]