COVID-19 Legal Update: ARKANSAS

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Workers' Compensation Commission


How does the state define an occupational disease?

11-9-601 - e) (1) (A) "Occupational disease", as used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, means any disease that results in disability or death and arises out of and in the course of the occupation or employment of the employee or naturally follows or unavoidably results from an injury as that term is defined in this chapter.


COVid-19 Specific Laws, agency declarations/ press releases, or enacted regulation?

DOI Bulletin on Business Interruption Insurance
     March 24, 2020

Executive Order - Creates Presumption for First Responders & Health Care Workers Diagnosed with COVID-19
     April 13, 2020

Executive Order - Expands Presumption for AK National Guard Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty Diagnosed with COVID-19
     April 21, 2020

DOI Rescinds COVID-19 Bulletins in Regards to the Executive Order
     May 11, 2020

DOI Issues Compliance Guidance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
     May 11, 2020

Executive Order - Protecting Arkansas Businesses from Liability
     June 15, 2020

Executive Order - Ensuring Access to Healthcare Resources to Treat COVID-19
     June 15, 2020

Executive Order - Clarifies COVID-19 is an Occupational Disease for Workers' Compensation
     June 15, 2020

Executive Order - Renews State of Emergency and Executive Orders related to COVID-19
     Dec. 29, 2020


Court Closures & Modified Call

Employers Resource Page


Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Modified - all prehearing conferences, joint petitions & full hearings postponed through 5/29/20; employees working remotely.


Does this state have a shelter-in-place in order?




Executive Order Eases Unemployment Hurdles.


Last Updated: 2/1/2021