Q: how is the workers compensation commission legally defined;a branch of government or a private enterprise?
A: A governmental agency. Administered by State laws (the Iowa Code), State agency rules (The Iowa Administrative Code) and legal precedent (meaning case law).
A: Iowa Workforce Development (“IWD”) is the state of Iowa agency that oversees unemployment, workers’ compensation and other employee / employer related issues. Within IWD is the Division of Workers’ Compensation (“DWC”) which specifically oversees workers’ compensation claims. The DWC is headed by the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.
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