COVID-19 Legal Update: Pennsylvania

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission



How does the state define an occupational disease?

§ 108(n) All other diseases (1) to which the claimant is exposed by reason of his employment, and (2) which are causally related to the industry or occupation, and (3) the incidence of which is substantially greater in that industry or occupation than in the general population.


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

WC Guidance and Updates (Dept. of Labor & Industry, BWC, WCOA, WCAB)

Insurance Department Updates

DLI Notice on Suspension of Section 413 of Workers' Compensation Act 
     March 30, 2020

Insurance Department Notice on COVID-19 Related Financial Filings Guidance
     April 13, 2020


Court Closures & Modified Call

FAQ on WC Claims Administration


Is the administrative court system closed or open?



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

No - order was 4/1/20 to 5/8/20; phased re-opening began 5/8/20.


Any state-specific guidance on disability, unemployment, or health benefits for COVID-19?



Last Updated: 2/1/2021