Iowa Division of Labor

Welcome to the Iowa Division of Labor


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Rod A. Roberts
Labor Commissioner

The Iowa Division of Labor protects the safety, health and economic security of Iowans. Our programs protect people who ride on elevators, escalators and amusement rides. We protect the people who are in a building with a boiler or a pressure vessel, or an asbestos abatement project. We protect employees from dangers in the workplace and protect the right of an employee to be paid.  We protect Iowa's children from dangers in workplaces, and limit their hours of work so they can focus on education.

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Recent Announcements

Full Listing of Announcements

CANCELED - Workers' Memorial Day - April 28, 2020.  Due to COVID-19, the annual memorial ceremony is canceled this year.

The unions of the AFL-CIO set aside a day each year as Workers’ Memorial Day. This is a day to honor and remember Iowans who, in the past year, have died in Iowa’s workplaces and serving in our Military. This is also a day to renew our commitment to safe and healthy workplaces for all Iowans.


WHD Implementation Guidance for certain provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

How is COVID-19 affecting the Iowa Division of Labor?

Effective March 23, 2020, the Iowa Division of Labor office located at 150 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, is still open for business.  A dropbox and intercom are set up in the lobby foyer to drop off paperwork or payments, a staff member will follow up with a phone call or email. 

If you are paying in cash, please bring exact change.

We take pride in providing excellent service and are continuing to do so as best we can during this time. We are anticipating delays in mail service and paper transactions.


Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation State Public Health Emergency Declaration 

Below is how the new proclamation will affect the Division of Labor Programs:

Amusement Ride Safety:

1.  Owners who performed their own inspections on inflatables last year can get refresher training electronically

Asbestos Abatement: