COVID-19 Legal Update: Mississippi

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Workers' Compensation Commission

 

How does the state define an occupational disease?

MS Code § 71-3-7: (1) Compensation shall be payable for disability or death of an employee from injury or occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment, without regard to fault as to the cause of the injury or occupational disease. An occupational disease shall be deemed to arise out of and in the course of employment when there is evidence that there is a direct causal connection between the work performed and the occupational disease.

 

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

View all WCC updates here.

WCC Communication to WC Community
     March 16, 2020

WCC Bulletin Regarding Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Crisis
     March 24, 2020

WCC Memo on Policies & Procedures in Place During COVID-19 Emergency
     April 8, 2020

WCC Announcement on Option for Pro Se Claimants In-Person Settlement Hearing Effective 6/29/20
     June 16, 2020

WCC Memo Updating Policies & Procedures in Place During COVID-19 Emergency
     June 25 2020

 

Court Closures & Modified Call

Alert to WC Community

 

Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open - closed to public from 3/16 to 8/31/20.

 

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

No - order was 4/3/20 until 4/27/20; phased re-opening began 4/27/20.

 

ANY STATE-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON DISABILITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, OR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR COVID-19? 

Unemployment.

 

Last Updated: 7/14/2020