Industry Impacts Due to COVID-19

Ametros is closely monitoring state workers' compensation boards for closures, as well as virtual options such a telephonic and video meetings. We will be updating this page frequently to provide you with the most up to date information.

Last updated 5/14/2020

State Available for in person business Effective closed for in person Expected open Clarifying detail Impact on settlements
Alabama No 3/19/2020 4/16/2020 Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Alaska Yes 3/17/2020 5/1/2020 Options for telephonic participation in most cases.  Settling w/modifications
Arizona No 3/13/2020 TBD Remote appearances (phone and video) Settling w/modifications
Arkansas No 3/25/2020 5/29/2020 All prehearing conferences, joint petitions, and full hearings postponed until further notice. Settling w/modifications
California Yes 3/16/2020 4/10/2020 DWC will continue to hear expedited hearings for parties that appear at the district offices; continue to hear status conferences and mandatory settlement conferences via CourtCall; all other hearings to be continued; All filing deadlines extended to May 13. All Division of Workers’ Compensation district offices are open, with the following exceptions: Eureka office closed until further notice. Pomona office is closed effective Monday, May 11. Settling w/modifications
Colorado No 3/13/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Connecticut No 3/13/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings. Workers' Compensation Commission dramatically reduce the need for in person hearings, the Compensation Review Board is now offering alternatives for the scheduled May 22, 2020 CRB docket. Settling w/modifications
Delaware No 3/16/2020 4/12/2020 Telephonic Meetings. All hearings through April 12, 2020, suspended & continued. As of April 13, 2020, there will be availability to hold hearings via video conference.  Settling w/modifications
Florida No 3/16/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Georgia No 3/16/2020 5/13/2020 Postponed all hearings and in-person mediations. Mediations telephonically. Settling w/modifications
Hawaii No 3/24/2020 TBD Closed until further notice Not Settling
Idaho No 3/23/2020 TBD All hearings, mediations & conferences shall be reset for later date or held telephonic Settling w/modifications
Illinois No 3/16/2020 4/31/2020 Commission  suspend operations April 2020. Continue all cases to their  90-day continuance date. Emergency hearings only.  Settling w/modifications
Indiana No 3/24/2020 5/1/2020 Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Iowa No 3/17/2020 6/16/2020 Utilize video based courtcall. Settling w/modifications
Kansas No 3/19/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Kentucky No 3/16/2020 5/17/2020 Telephonic Meetings. As of 4/16 using zoom. Cancellation of all in person through 5/17/20 Settling w/modifications
Louisiana No 3/16/2020 TBD Rescheduled after March 27, 2020 on expedited basis. Telephonic hearings not allowed. Not Settling
Maine No 3/17/2020 TBD CourtCall.  If all parties believe an in-person hearing is necessary, parties must contact the Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case.  Mediations telephonically. Settling w/modifications
Maryland No 3/16/2020 6/5/2020  May 12, 2020 - The Commission announces that we may be resuming in-person hearings effective June 8, 2020. The hearings will be staggered in order to accommodate physical distancing Not Settling
Massachusetts No 3/16/2020 5/18/2020 Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Michigan No 3/16/2020 5/12/2020 Telephonic Meetings unless specifically arranged with the magistrate and only for the most severe of circumstances. Settling w/modifications
Minnesota No 3/23/2020 TBD Handling the trials in person, or else is by phone. Settling w/modifications
Mississippi Yes 3/13/2020 3/30/2020 Telephonic Meetings. Settlements are now being filed electronically. Administrative Judge hearing requires to be in person, all hearings will take place in Hearing Room C to provide ample distance between parties and Commission staff. Settling w/modifications
Missouri No 3/19/2020 5/29/2020 Telephonic Meetings. All Confs, Pre-Hearings & Show Cause Dismissal Settings  cancelled April 20, 2020- May 29, 2020.  Settling w/modifications
Montana No 3/23/2020 TBD All Courts closed to the public Not Settling
Nebraska No 3/31/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Nevada No 3/12/2020 TBD Any specific time limit set by state statute or regulation for the commencement of any legal action is hereby tolled from the date of this Directive until 30 days from the date the state of emergency declared on March 12, 2020 is terminated Not Settling
New Hampshire No 3/16/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings or continued Settling w/modifications
New Jersey No 3/17/2020 5/26/2020 Three-week suspension of all workers’ compensation court calendars. 4/6 hear as many as possible WC matters telephonically. Settling w/modifications
New Mexico No 3/24/2020 5/1/2020 Telephonic Meetings through 5/1/20. Effective April 17, 2020, and each Friday thereafter, jointly requested lump-sum settlements will be heard on Fridays. The hearings will be set telephonically at a designated time and will not be heard on a first-come, first-served bases. Settling w/modifications
New York No 3/16/2020 TBD Workers’ compensation hearings remotely. Board locations are temporarily closed. Settling w/modifications
North Carolina No 3/16/2020 6/1/2020 Hearing held by conference call, and mediations are to be held remotely. Agreements Signed via DocuSign. If all parties do not consent to appear remotely, then the mediation must be rescheduled for a date on or after June 1, 2020. Settling w/modifications
North Dakota Pending Info     TBD TBD
Ohio No 3/16/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings.  Settling w/modifications
Oklahoma No 3/16/2020 3/30/2020 4/3/20 Settlements  being processed by email. Emergency hearings are being considered. The Commission  approved over 100 settlements this week by email, including unrepresented settlements. Mediations  handled by phone.  Settling w/modifications
Oregon Yes 3/17/2020 TBD  At this time, the division is maintaining all current services and expects minimal disruptions. Settling
Pennsylvania No 3/16/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings using SKYPE; mediations via Zoom Settling w/modifications
Rhode Island No 3/17/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings. If the parties cannot agree to have their matter heard remotely, they shall advise matter shall be continued to a date in June (provided that the Court is operational). Settling w/modifications
South Carolina No 3/25/2020 6/1/2020 Suspended in person hearings Not Settling
South Dakota No 3/20/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Tennessee Yes 3/16/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Texas No 3/16/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings. Contested case hearings have been postponed until March 30, when they will be held by phone. CCHs will resume on Monday, March 30, and will also be conducted by telephone. Settling w/modifications
Utah No 3/13/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
Vermont Yes 3/18/2020 TBD Limiting public access to court buildings. Conferences done via telephone (as they usually are), & parties  asked to reach out to Admin Law Judge’s directly to see about changes in handling of formal hearings, pre-trial conferences etc., as these will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Settling w/modifications
Virginia No 3/24/2020 4/21/2020 Telephonic Meetings. HQ reopened 4/21/20. Special order for evidentiary hearings via video hearing. Settling w/modifications
Washington No 3/27/2020 5/31/2020 CourtCall hearings until the end of May. Settling w/modifications
West Virginia No 3/17/2020 TBD All in-person Commission hearings and mediations have been cancelled. Not possible for the OIC to conduct telephonic hearings due to the need to have a court reporter present to record the hearings. Not Settling
Wisconsin No 3/23/2020 TBD As of the week of March 23, 2020,  will stop conducting in-person hearings, prehearings, and mediations until further notice. Hearings will be converted to settlement telephonic conferences.  Settling w/modifications
Wyoming No 3/23/2020 TBD Telephonic Meetings Settling w/modifications
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