COVID-19 Legal Update: Massachusetts

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Department of Industrial Accidents


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 will suspend all in-person proceedings and meetings until Friday April 3rd
     March 18, 2020

DIA Notice on Submitting Docs to the Work Comp Trust Fund
     March 26, 2020

DIA Emergency Rule on Updated Protocols for Dispute Resolution
     March 30, 2020

Admin Bulletin: Rates for Service under the WC Act - Telehealth
     April 17, 2020

Admin Bulletin: Impartial Examinations - COVID-19 Screenings
     April 27, 2020

Admin Bulletin: Electronic Form Filing Required for Specific Forms
     May 11, 2020

Enacted Legislation: Provides Additional Support to Those Affected by COVID-19 Through the Unemployement Insurance System
     May 26, 2020

DIA Announces Forms 105 and 113 Must be Submitted via Emailed Effective 7/1/20
     June 10, 2020

Admin Bulletin: Dispute Resolution Updated During COVID-19
     June 23, 2020

DOI Bulletin: Additional Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines
     January 21, 2021


Court Closures & Modified Call

Administrative Bulletin on New Case Protocol


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?

No - order started 3/24/20 to 5/18/20; phased re-opening begins 5/18/20.





Last Updated: 2/1/2021