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Excited to Announce WoCo University, an 8-week course on Iowa Workers’ Compensation!

June 28th, 2019 | Smith, Mills & Schrock Law 

Smith, Mills & Schrock Law is excited to announce WoCo University, an in-depth workers' compensation law course, starting July 10 at our new Smith, Mills & Schrock Law training center in West Des Moines. Learn More.

Announcing Michael Lunn's New Position

February 5th, 2019 | Smith, Mills & Schrock Law 

Smith, Mills & Schrock Law is happy to announce that our attorney, Michael Lunn, has accepted a position as a Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. He will begin this role on February 18th, 2019. Learn More.

Is Medical Marijuana Considered a Reasonable Treatment Modality in Workers’ Compensation?

January 18th, 2019 | Valerie A. Foote 

With medical marijuana being legalized in an increasing number of states, it was only a matter of time before requests for the same began to crop up in workers’ compensation cases. Learn More.

Welcoming Britney and Rachael to the Smith, Mills & Schrock Team

January 9th, 2019 | Smith, Mills & Schrock Law 

Smith, Mills & Schrock is happy to announce that Rachael Irlbeck and Britney Steele have joined the the firm as associate attorneys. Learn More.

Ho Ho Ho Hold Up; I Have to Do What with My Holidays?! – A Guide to The Holiday Season Post Divorce

November 27, 2018 | Attorney Samuel E. Charnetski 

For families of divorce, this time of year can be a minefield where each turn can yield a new and fresh argument. Here are a couple tips to help post-divorce families navigate the challenges of the holiday season. Get the Tips

Welcoming Anthony Dopp to Smith, Mills & Schrock Law in 2019

November 16, 2018 | Smith, Mills & Schrock Law 

Smith, Mills & Schrock’s is happy to announce that Anthony Dopp, a 2L at the University of Iowa College of Law, will be joining the firm as a summer 2019 law clerk. Learn More About Anthony

Using PEACE for a Peaceful Divorce

March 20, 2018 | Attorney Samuel E. Charnetski 

The thought of a marriage ending is stressful regardless of whether the change is wanted or not. A divorce can make it impossible to focus on what matters. As is often the case, PEACE will help you remain focused. In the context of a divorce, PEACE is an acronym that can be used to prioritize the steps in a divorce. View Steps

Iowa Workers' Compensation Newsletter
- Vol XL | December 28, 2017 -

  • Extent of Misconduct Necessary for an Employee's Termination to Rise to Level of Constructive Refusal of Light-Duty Work (Reynolds v. Hy-Vee)
  • When is Second Injury Fund Liability Triggered? (Housley v. Second Injury Fund of Iowa)
  • Experts' Consideration of Key Evidence in the Record (McDonald v. EZ Payroll & Staffing Solutions, LLC)
  • How Far Is Too Far to Drive to a Doctor's Appointment? (Maher v. Cope Plastics, Inc)
  • Persuasiveness of Expert Opinions in Directing Medical Care (Brown v. DAL Global Services)
  • and more... as well as our updated scorecards and statistics

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Iowa Workers' Compensation Newsletter
- Special Web Volume | September 7, 2017 -

  • Bad Faith issues when contesting a Petition for Partial Commutation (Thornton v. American Interstate Ins)
  • Hot tubs as therapeutic equipment (Sladek v. K-Mart Corp)
  • Ceramic flooring as an inherent work hazard (Bluml v. Dee Jays)
  • Service dog expenses (Webb II v. Olivet Baptist Church)
  • and more... as well as our updated scorecards and statistics

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Iowa Divorce Law Basics

August 18, 2017 | Attorney Samuel E. Charnetski | A divorce can, and potentially will, be one of the most difficult times of your life. Not only is a relationship spanning years coming to an end, you also have to physically divide property accumulated during your marriage. Understanding the Iowa divorce procedures: View Document

Family Law

Major Changes Coming to Iowa Workers' Compensation with Passage of Reform Legislation

March 17, 2017 | Attorney Sasha L. Monthei | The Iowa Senate has passed the reform legislation as previously passed in the Iowa House.  It now heads to Governor Branstad for his signature. This legislation is the most substantial reform to Iowa workers' compensation in decades. View Document

What Iowans Need to Know (Before the Vote on Nov 8)

October 28, 2016 | Attorney Michael J. Lunn | The outcome of the 2016 election is likely to have a direct impact on your life. In addition to voting for the next president of the United States, voters will be casting ballots for members of Congress, as well as state and local leaders. View Document

New Overtime Regulation Effects

June 8, 2016 | Attorney Cynthia S. Sueppel | Loren L. Varney | Effective December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor's new rule defining which "white collar" employees are exempt from overtime pay is scheduled to take effect. View Document

What Constitutes an Emergency: Training for Emergency Responders

October 7, 2015 | Attorney Skylar J. Limkemann | Emergency response training: it's a bread and butter topic for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical providers. Despite this, it is far too often outright neglected, or when it is provided, misunderstood. View Document

Uber Drivers Seek Classification as Employees

October 6, 2015 | Attorney Michael J. Lunn | The sharing economy is an emerging economic-technological phenomenon that is fueled by developments in information and communications technology, growing consumer awareness, proliferation of collaborative web communities, as well as social commerce. View Document

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