202003.16
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COVID-19 Update: Ohio Industrial Commission

The Ohio Industrial Commission announced yesterday that all workers’ compensation hearings will be continued on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Until further notice, beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Commission will begin conducting hearings by telephone for the following issues: permanent total disability, temporary total disability or the termination of temporary total disability,…

202003.16
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COVID-19 Update: Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

A message from the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation: In the interest of your health and safety, and that of employees at the Division of Workers’ Compensation, please note: Routine matters can be handled by email and tele-conference: See the local office docketing email chart on the DWC website and below to submit requests for…

202003.16
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Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Orders Video Hearings

A message from the Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commission: The Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner, in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus,  issued an Order on March 13, 2020 providing that all hearing scheduled through June 16, 2020 will no longer proceed as in-person hearings.  Instead all regular proceeding hearings shall be…

202003.16
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Michigan Workers’ Compensation Hearings Update Related to COVID-19

A message from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity: In accordance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), effective March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm, the Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency and the Workers’ Compensation Board of…

202003.16
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Illinois Courts COVID-19 Update: Cook County & US District Ct., Northern District of IL

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has issued the following Order regarding the scheduling of pending matters due to the COVID-19 situation. Similarly, the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County issued a General Administrative Order last week. Obviously, disruptions to normal work schedules can be expected to continue over the coming…

202003.16
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COVID-19 Update from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

From the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission: In light of the unprecedented severity of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, in the interests of health and safety, at the Monday March 16, 2020, meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chairman Michael J. Brennan will be calling for a vote to suspend all normal in-person arbitration and Commission review…

202003.13
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Indiana Worker’s Compensation Scheduling Update

The following information has been posted to the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board Website: Pretrial conferences are cancelled through April 3rd, 2020.  Joint pretrial order forms may be submitted electronically (where applicable) if the parties so desire, using the District email.  Hearings will continue so long as directives from the Governor do not change or the…

202003.13
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A Message from I&F Regarding COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has obviously raised significant issues for employers throughout the world. Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations and while considering rapidly changing government warnings and restrictions. Although the current circumstances will likely…

202003.12
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Workers’ Compensation Update: Coronavirus

These are obviously challenging times for employers across the country. Although there is much about this emerging pandemic that will call for navigating uncharted waters, the analysis of potential workers’ compensation exposure need not be one of those issues. In Illinois, for example, The “Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act” (820 ILCS 310/) is one statute…

202003.06
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I&F Prevails in IL: Rolling Chair Found Not to be an Increased Risk

Inman & Fitzgibbons secured a “no liability” Arbitration Decision following a recent trial involving an employee who fell to the floor when a chair she went to sit on rolled out from under her. The employee was sitting onto the chair at a work station as she was picking up a telephone to take a…