COVID-19 Legal Update: Vermont

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Department of Labor

 

How does the state define an occupational disease?

Title 21. Chapter 9 § 601(23) "Occupational disease" means a disease that results from causes and conditions characteristic of and peculiar to a particular trade, occupation, process, or employment, and to which an employee is not ordinarily subjected or exposed outside or away from the employment and arises out of and in the course of the employment.

 

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

Memo on Temporary Changes to Handling of Work Comp Claims 
     March 18, 2020

Gov. Signs H.742 Providing Specific Relief for Employers
     March 30, 2020

Gov. Applies Rule 11 to Workers' Compensation Claims
     April 15, 2020

Dept. of Health Memo Applying and Clarifying IME Requirements
     May 15, 2020

Enacted Legislation: COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption for Workers' Compensation Claims for Workers in Jobs at Elevated Risk
     July 13, 2020

Court Closures & Modified Call

Changes in Response to COVID-19

 

Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open.

 

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

No - order was 3/25/20 to 5/15/20; phased re-opening began 4/20/20 .

 

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

Unemployment.

 

Last Updated: 8/10/2020