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Introduction to Work Law in Iowa

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Work in Iowa is affected by both Iowa law and federal law. In addition to statutes (passed by legislatures) and case law (written by judges), administrative law plays an important role in Iowa work law. Administrative law is the law created by state and federal agencies. Many different Iowa and federal agencies are involved in work law.

In the People’s Law Library, you will find information on laws that apply at many stages of the work law process: when employers are searching for and hiring workers, when workers are employed, and after the work relationship ends. 

Keep in mind that work law can vary depending on who the employer is and what type of job the worker does. The pages in the People’s Law Library are a starting point: they won’t answer every question you have about work law, but they offer general information, links to laws, and recommendations for other places to look. 

Much of the information the People’s Law Library provides on work law applies to workers who are considered employees, rather than independent contractors.

In addition to information provided the People's Law Library and by government agencies, Iowa Legal Aid and the University of Iowa Iowa Labor Center also provide information about certain areas of work law on their websites. 

Work law can be complex and depend a lot on the specific circumstances of the worker and employer. If you have questions, consider contacting a lawyer.

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The information in the People's Law Library is for informational purposes only. Nothing on this website is legal advice. The law is complicated and many aspects of the law change regularly. Consider reaching out to a lawyer. More information about how to find a lawyer, including free and low-cost options, is available on the Finding a Lawyer page.