COVID-19 Legal Update: TeXAS

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission



How does the state define an occupational disease?

Sec 401.011(34) "Occupational disease" means a disease arising out of and in the course of employment that causes damage or harm to the physical structure of the body, including a repetitive trauma injury. The term includes a disease or infection that naturally results from the work-related disease. The term does not include an ordinary disease of life to which the general public is exposed outside of employment, unless that disease is an incident to a compensable injury or occupational disease. 


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

DWC Precautionary Measures for COVID-19
     March 13, 2020

TDI's Bulletin B-0007-20 - Extends claim handling by 15 days / Encourages grace period for premium pymts 
     March 23, 2020

DWC Reduced Hours of Operation
     March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance: Paper Filing and Stamping Fee Payments
     March 24, 2020

TDI Bulletin Regarding Carrier Requirements, Suspension of Doctor Exams, and Extended Provider Billing Time Frames
     March 25, 2020

DWC Updates to Meetings & Events
     March 26, 2020

DWC Bulletin Suspends Work Search for SIB Claims & Designated Doctor Testing
     March 27, 2020

DWC Announces Update to Claim Operations
     March 27, 2020

DWC Shares Information to Govt Entities on Reimbursing COVID-19 Medical Expenses
     March 30, 2020

DWC Issues Guidance on Telemedicine & Telehealth
     April 3, 2020

DWC BSuspension of a provision of Health and Safety Code and a DWC rule related to workers’ compensation
     April 10, 2020

DWC Emergency Rule Covering Telemedicine & Telehealth for Physical Medicine and Rehab
     April 13, 2020

DWC Memo on Preauthorization Extensions
     May 14, 2020

TDI Bulletin on Extensions for Licenses Expire 5/31/20
     May 18, 2020

TDI Bulletin on Mandatory Data Call on COVID-19 Injuries
     June 2, 2020

TDI Bulletin on COVID-19 Resuming Certain Designated Doctor Examinations & Required Medical Examinations
     June 4, 2020

TDI Extends Telemedicine Emergency Rule into September
     June 24, 2020

TDI Releases COVID-19 Data Call Results
     December 2020

TDI Bulletin on Mandatory Data Call on COVID-19 Injuries
     January 14, 2021


Court Closures & Modified Call

DWC Precautionary Measures


Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open - telephonic hearings.


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

No - order was 4/2/20 until 4/30/20; phased in re-opening began 5/1/20.





Last Updated: 2/1/2021