COVID-19 Legal Update: New Hampshire

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

DOL Workers' Compensation Division


How does the state define an occupational disease?

§ 281-A:2 XIII. "Occupational disease" means an injury arising out of and in the course of the employee's employment and due to causes and conditions characteristic of and peculiar to the particular trade, occupation or employment. It shall not include other diseases or death therefrom unless they are the direct result of an accidental injury arising out of or in the course of employment, nor shall it include either a disease which existed at commencement of the employment or a disease to which the last injurious exposure to its hazards occurred prior to August 31, 1947.


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

Telephonic Hearings

Executive Order Expands Workers' Compensation Coverage for First Responders Exposed to COVID-19
     April 24, 2020

Executive Order Ensuring Expansion of Workers' Compensation Coverage for First Responders Exposed to COVID-19
     June 17, 2020

Court Closures & Modified Call

DOL Hearings Update


Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open.  No in-person hearings, only via Webex.


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

No - order was 3/27/20 to 5/31/20; phased re-opening began 5/4/20.



Executive Order on Unemployment Benefits.


Last Updated: 2/1/21