COVID-19 Legal Update: Kansas

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Department of Labor


How does the state define an occupational disease?

K.S.A 44-5a01(b) "Occupational disease" shall mean only a disease arising out of and in the course of the employment resulting from the nature of the employment in which the employee was engaged under such employer, and which was actually contracted while so engaged. "Nature of the employment" shall mean, for purposes of this section, that to the occupation, trade or employment in which the employee was engaged, there is attached a particular and peculiar hazard of such disease which distinguishes the employment from other occupations and employments, and which creates a hazard of such disease which is in excess of the hazard of such disease in general."


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

COVID-19 DOL Press Releases

Executive Order: Temporarily Expanding Telemedicine
March 20, 2020


Court Closures & Modified Call

COVID-19 Response Resources


Is the administrative court system closed or open?



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

No - order was began 3/30/20 until 5/3/20; phased re-opening began 5/4/20.


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



Last Updated: 10/4/2020