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Iowa Workforce Development

Assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19, including unemployment insurance claims.

New “Safe at Work” Program Launched

Greater Dubuque Development Corporation (GDDC), Northeast Iowa Community College through the COVID-19 Business Helpline, and the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) have created a new Safe at Work program. This service will provide businesses with assistance in creating their own safe plans for work and returning to work. GDDC serves a key partner in the creation of the Safe at Work plan and has produced a webinar for business leaders (Enter name and email address, no account required). The team will also be adding providers in northern areas of the region soon. Learn more about the plan by downloading the Safe at Work booklet. The current Business Helpline is also available for answering questions and providing additional guidance.

The Business Helpline can assist with questions businesses have about local, state and federal funding. Business owners may call (563) 588-3350 between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email at The helpline has assisted hundreds of business owners since its opening. 

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Special Enrollment Periods and Other Health Coverage Options

Iowans who have experienced change in employment status due to COVID-19 may be eligible to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage through  A special enrollment period (SEP) is a period outside of open enrollment when a person can enroll in or switch ACA coverage.

Iowans can find a licensed insurance agent at