COVID-19 Legal Update: Missouri 

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Labor & Industrial Relations


How does the state define an occupational disease?

287.067. Occupational disease defined — repetitive motion, loss of hearing, radiation injury, communicable disease, others. — 1. In this chapter the term "occupational disease" is hereby defined to mean, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated by the context, an identifiable disease arising with or without human fault out of and in the course of the employment. Ordinary diseases of life to which the general public is exposed outside of the employment shall not be compensable, except where the diseases follow as an incident of an occupational disease as defined in this section. The disease need not to have been foreseen or expected but after its contraction it must appear to have had its origin in a risk connected with the employment and to have flowed from that source as a rational consequence.


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

DWC Press Releases

DOI Press Releases

State of Emergency Announcement

Waivers of Laws & Rules

MO Dept. of Health


Gov. Parson Expands Work Comp Coverage to First Reponders for COVID-19
April 8, 2020

Emergency Rule: DWC Adopts COVID-19 Presumption for First Responders
Jan. 15, 2021


Court Closures & Modified Call

Urgent Notice- Change in Operations - Updated


Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open. In-person hearings / trials canceled through 5/29/2020; tele-conferences will be help upon request of all parties; business that can be accomplished via e-mail will continue; docket changes 6/5/20.


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

No - order started starting 4/6/20 until 5/3/20; phased re-opening began 5/4/20.





Last Updated: 2/2/2021