COVID-19 Legal Update: Wisconsin

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Workforce Development

 

How does the state define an occupational disease?

Occupational disease is chronic physical or mental harm caused by exposure over a period of time to some employment-related substance, condition or activity. Occupational disease includes loss of hearing and deterioration of bodily functions. Examples of common types of occupational disease are dermatitis (skin trouble), infection, silicosis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, lead poisoning, and respiratory disease. In addition, occupational disease includes deterioration of bodily function caused by working conditions over a period of time. For instance, hernias and back trouble caused by repetitive motion or repeated strain over a period of time are considered occupational diseases under the law.

 

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

Division of Hearings - Telephonic/ Video Conferences
     April 10, 2020

Enacted Legislation: Creates COVID-19 Presumption for First Responders (which includes Healthcare Workers)
     April 15, 2020

Updated Insurance Bulletin on Coverage for Delivery Drivers for Restaurants During COVID-19 State of Emergency
     June 18, 2020

 

Court Closures & Modified Call

Hearings Notice

 

Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Telephonic Hearings from 3/23/2020 until further notice.

 

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

No - order started 3/25/20 to 5/26/20; phased re-opening began 4/29/20.

UPDATE - 5/13/20: WI Supreme Court Strikes Down Governor's Stay-at-Home Order

 

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

Unemployment.

 

Last Updated: 7/14/2020