COVID-19 Legal Update: Florida

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Division of Workers' Compensation

 

How does the state define an occupational disease?

440.151(2) Whenever used in this section the term "occupational disease" shall be construed to mean only a disease which is due to causes and conditions which are characteristic of and peculiar to a particular trade, occupation, process, or employment, and to exclude all ordinary diseases of life to which the general public is exposed, unless the incidence of the disease is substantially higher in the particular trade, occupation, process, or employment than for the general public. "Occupational disease" means only a disease for which there are epidemiological studies showing that exposure to the specific substance involved, at the levels to which the employee was exposed, may cause the precise disease sustained by the employee.

 

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

CFO Patronis: DFS is Bringing Government to Life Remotely
3/19/2020 

DWC Issues Notice on Telehealth & Telemedicine Services
3/30/2020 

CFO Patronis Directs Florida to Provide Workers' Comp Coverage for Public Servants on the Front Line of COVID-19
4/1/2020 

DFS Directive Suspends Time Frames fro Employer Payments, Reinstates Stop Work Orders and Changes Delivery Method of Info Brochures
4/15/2020 

DFS Directive Allows Temporary Licenses
4/17/2020 

DWC Issues Report on the Effect of COVID-19 on the Florida Workers' Compensation System
6/9/2020 

 

Court Closures & Modified Call

Judge of Compensation Claims Updates - beginning 6/1/20, mediators will determine if mediations will be telephonic or otherwise.

 

Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open, with skeleton crew.

 

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

No - order was 4/3/20 to 4/30/20; phased re-opening now.

 

Any state-specific guidance on disability, unemployment, or health benefits for COVID-19?

Unemployment

 

Last Updated: 7/29/2020