News Digest 3-17-2020

Quote of the day

“DWC will not accept walk-through documents or walk-in filings until the district offices reopen for filing purposes.”

California Division of Workers’ Compensation, in an announcement yesterday

Workers’ Comp Executive



Flash: WCAB Limits Court Appearances & Filings

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is making changes to operations at the district office limiting exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus. Find out What, How and When by clicking right here. Worker’s Comp Executive


All Rhode Island state court sessions canceled

The Rhode Island Judiciary said Friday that sessions in all state courts, including the state’s Workers’ Compensation Court, will be canceled this week in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Turn to 10 (Providence)


Fauci: Possibly ‘a few months’ until life gets ‘back to normal’

Public health officials have urged “social distancing” to contain the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., while numerous cities and states have imposed restrictions on large gatherings. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that it is possible it will take “a few months” before life goes “back to normal” amid the outbreak. The Hill (Washington, D.C.) [with video]


Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission shutting down two days

The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission is shutting down its offices for two days because employees in Oklahoma City may have been exposed to the new coronavirus. No injured workers’ cases will be heard at all by the commission this week. The court that oversees older cases also was expected to close. Oklahoman


Coronavirus and insurance policies: what is covered?

Many Americans are worried not just about being exposed to coronavirus, but also about how various insurance policies they may help them financially. Here are some commonly asked questions. Wall Street Journal [may require registration]