COVID-19 Legal Update: Massachusetts
Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission
How does the state define an occupational disease?
Chapter 1 Section 1.7A ''Personal injury'' includes infectious or contagious diseases if the nature of the employment is such that the hazard of contracting such diseases by an employee is inherent in the employment. ''Personal injury'' shall not include any injury resulting from an employee's purely voluntary participation in any recreational activity, including but not limited to athletic events, parties, and picnics, even though the employer pays some or all of the cost thereof. Personal injuries shall include mental or emotional disabilities only where the predominant contributing cause of such disability is an event or series of events occurring within any employment. If a compensable injury or disease combines with a pre-existing condition, which resulted from an injury or disease not compensable under this chapter, to cause or prolong disability or a need for treatment, the resultant condition shall be compensable only to the extent such compensable injury or disease remains a major but not necessarily predominant cause of disability or need for treatment. No mental or emotional disability arising principally out of a bona fide, personnel action including a transfer, promotion, demotion, or termination except such action which is the intentional infliction of emotional harm shall be deemed to be a personal injury within the meaning of this chapter.
COVid-19 Specific Laws, agency declarations/ press releases, or enacted regulation?
DIA Notice on Submitting Docs to the Work Comp Trust Fund
March 26, 2020
Admin Bulletin: Impartial Examinations - COVID-19 Screenings
April 27, 2020
Court Closures & Modified Call
Is the administrative court system closed or open?
Open -in-person proceedings and meeting suspended through 5/18/20.
Does this state have a shelter-in-place in order?
ANY STATE-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON DISABILITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, OR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR COVID-19?
Last Updated: 7/14/2020