COVID-19 Legal Update: Kentucky

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Labor Cabinet


How does the state define an occupational disease?

KRS 342.0011(3), an occupational disease: shall be deemed to arise out of the employment if there is apparent to the rational mind, upon consideration of all the circumstances, a causal connection between the conditions under which the work is performed and the occupational disease, and which can be seen to have followed as a natural incident to the work as a result of the exposure occasioned by the nature of the employment and which can be fairly traced to the employment as a proximate cause. The occupational disease shall be incidental to the character of the business and not independent of the relationship of employer and employee. An occupational disease need not have been foreseen or expected but, after its contraction, it must appear to be related to a risk connected with the employment and to have flowed from that source as a rational consequence. Medical causation must be proved to a reasonable.


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

DWC Operations
     March 20, 2020

In person hearing cancelled
     March 12. 2020

Extension of In person hearing cancellations
April 1, 2020

DOI Bulletin to Insurers on Complying with Regulatory Requirements during COVID-19 Emergency
April 7, 2020

Executive Order Expanding Work Comp Coverage to First Responders & Other Groups for COVID-19
April 9, 2020

DWC Administrative Order on Electronic Signatures and Notorization
April 10, 2020

DWC Guidance on TTD from Executive Order dated 4/9/20
April 15, 2020

DWC Memo on Videoconference Proceedings
April 16, 2020

DWC Extension of Cancellation of In-Person Proceedings
May 6, 2020

DWC Memo on Videoconference Proceedings 
June 10, 2020

DWC Administrative Order on Effective Date of Medical Treatment 
June 24, 2020

KY Gov. Beshear Signs House Joint Resolution 1 - Removing COVID-19 Work Comp Presumption
Sept. 7, 2021

Court Closures & Modified Call

In-Person Closure Information

Memorandum on Video Conferencing


Is the administrative court system closed or open?



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

Yes - order started 3/26/20 until further notice; phased re-opening began 5/11/20.



Executive Order Relaxing Requirements of Unemployment.


Last Updated: 9/10/2021