Apr 5, 2018
Governor Reynolds Signs Future Ready Iowa Act; Summit Deemed a Success
Gov. Kim Reynolds signed ABI’s top legislative priority—workforce—into law at the conclusion of the Future Ready Iowa Summit on Tuesday.
The Legislative News is updated regularly by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s (ABI) public policy team with information about the latest activity in the Iowa Legislature, administratively and at the federal level.
Dec 14, 2017
Each year ABI works to defend the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund, an account funded by employers used to pay unemployment benefits to unemployed Iowa workers who lose their job through no fault of their own.
Nov 9, 2017
A group that included legislators, community colleges, college professors, school administrators, teachers, representatives of school boards and technology companies recently released a series of recommendations aimed at enhancing computer science education in school districts across Iowa.
Aug 17, 2017
ABI is seeking member volunteers to apply to serve on the reorganized Workforce Development Board. The composition of the board has changed dramatically due to result of HF572 being passed and signed into law this past legislative session.
Jul 27, 2017
As a legislative pension year approaches, a group of Senators met Tuesday, July 25 to hear about the status of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), which is the pension system for most state employees. Donna Mueller, the CEO of the system gave an overview of the history of IPERS and some of the market driven and legislative changes that have taken place to IPERS.
Jun 22, 2017
Leading up to our ABI policy committee meetings in late summer, we will highlight each of ABI’s five policy committees, so you know more about the mission and purview of each committee. These committees steer the direction of ABI’s policy agenda each legislative session.
Mar 30, 2017
The passage of workers’ compensation reform (HF 518) is a major legislative accomplishment for ABI members, and it couldn’t have happened without our allies in the Iowa Legislature. It is important to thank them for their support of this and other ABI priorities.
Mar 30, 2017
The Iowa Senate on Monday passed HF 295, which preempts local governments from implementing ordinances that are different than those at the state level related to wages, benefits and hiring practices, as well as other types of prohibitions on private businesses.
Oct 27, 2016
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Director of Iowa Workforce Development Beth Townsend announced that the Future Ready Iowa Alliance membership has been set and will meet for the first time at noon on Friday at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.
Aug 25, 2016
The Iowa Supreme Court denied a petition for rehearing filed by the Employment Appeal Board (EAB) to reconsider a ruling in Irving vs. Employment Appeal Board that will have a detrimental effect on unemployment benefits and administration of those benefits, as well as potentially impact employer taxes.
Jul 14, 2016
ABI participated on Monday as a key stakeholder in an Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) meeting convened by IWD Director Beth Townsend about ways to address minority unemployment, connecting minority communities to available jobs, increasing diversity in the workplace and bridging the skills gap.
Apr 7, 2016
Members of an Iowa Senate appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday considered Senate Study Bill 3176, which seeks to improve Iowa Workforce Development’s infrastructure technology and update Iowa’s workforce services policies as directed by the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Feb 4, 2016
Although it was a short week due to the Iowa caucuses and inclement weather, the Iowa Legislature wasted no time meeting about issues that will negatively affect businesses’ bottom lines. From health care mandates to additional exposure to lawsuits, proposals in both the House and Senate will increase the cost of doing business in Iowa.