Looking to see how your hearings are being held or if they are at all? This list will help you find your answer. Please click on your state for the most up-to-date information:
 

Alabama - Telephonic Meetings


Alaska - Open for some in Person Business; options for telephonic participation in most cases
Updated Bulletin as of 3.20.2020
Read notice of Enforcement Suspensions: Bulletin No. 20-04, Notice of Enforcement Suspensions from March 31 through May 11, 2020
The Alaska Workers' Compensation Board will conduct a full board meeting, October 1-2, 2020. For additional information, see the Online Public Meeting Notice.


Arizona - Remote appearances only (Phone and Video); All in-Person Visits to ICA Buildings are Temporarily Suspended
Updated as of 4.2.2020
E-mail Notification Communication Now Available for Attorneys in ICA Community - See Announcement dated 4.6.2020


Arkansas - All prehearing conferences, joint petitions, and full hearings are now postponed through May 29, 2020.


California - 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
Updated DWC Newsline as of 4.3.2020

Office Closure Information

All Division of Workers’ Compensation district offices are open, with the following exception:

  • Eureka office closed until further notice

Judges' Conference Lines – Updated  October 28

Alternative filing during COVID-19

  • In light of the continued state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to facilitate other methods of filing in line with the newslines issued on April 3 and April 28, and pursuant to the WCAB’s en banc order issued on April 6, documents subject to a statutory time limit may be sent by e-mail directly to the district offices pursuant to AD Rule 10205.7(c) where the filing party could not otherwise e-file, JET file or file the document by mail. Refer to the district office page for e-mail and other contact information.

Interrupted Services

  • Refer to the September 9 newsline for detailed information regarding services starting September 14.
  • Disability Evaluation Unit continues to accept consultative and summary rating requests by mail or efiling. Commutation calculation requests can be requested by mail.
  • Open for essential services only:
    • DWC Medical Unit
    • Return-to-Work Supplement Program
    • Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund
    • Legal Unit
    • Subsequent Injuries Benefit Trust Fund

Updated October 28


Colorado - The Prehearing and Settlement Conference Unit will no longer be conducting conferences in person until further notice. Parties shall be prepared to participate in conferences via telephone. Video conferencing may be available upon request at the discretion of the judge.


Connecticut - In order to comply with the social distancing measures made necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the existing measures taken by the Workers' Compensation Commission to dramatically reduce the need for in person hearings, the Compensation Review Board is now offering alternatives for the scheduled June 26, 2020 CRB docket.
The Compensation Review Board is anticipating that it will be conducting oral argument in person for the October 23, 2020 session for oral argument. Please note that is the board's intention at this juncture and may be subject to change. In the event we are able to conduct oral argument in person please note the following.
click here for more info


Delaware - Telephonic Meetings. Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, and subject to further order of the Board, there will be an availability to hold video hearings on disputed matters. See updated orders for more information
Updated Executive Order as of 3.31.2020


District of Columbia - Remains operational, with staff on-hand to process workers’ compensation claims and respond to inquiries. 


Florida - Telephonic Meetings


Georgia - Postponed all hearings and in-person mediations. Mediations telephonically; The Board extended postponements of hearings from the previous date of April 13th to July 12th and declared that timely payments of weekly benefits must continue; Chief Justice grants relief from deadlines. See notice for more information. In person hearings scheduled after July 12, 2020: Guidelines for In-Person Hearings ; COVID-19 Pre-Hearing Screening Questions.
Updated Order as of 5.11.2020
Updated Order as of 6.17.20


Hawaii - Closed until further notice; Labor and Industrial Relations Board now permits the following methods for filing: First class mail, facsimile or email. See notice for details. Updated Notice 3.25.2020
Updated Order#5 5-28-20
Updated Order #6 6-29-20
Order #7 7-16-20 ; Memo #4 7-16-20
FAQ during COVID
Memo #6 8-25-20
Order #8 11/13/20


Idaho - All in person hearings currently scheduled shall be postponed and rescheduled for a later date unless it can be held remotely through May 29, 2020
Updated Order as of 4.10.2020
Second Amended Order as of 5.18.20
Amended Emergency Order as of 6.29.20
Commission Fourth Amended Emergency Order Re COVID19 Final


Illinois - Oral arguments telephonically
Updated Memorandum as of 4.27.2020


Indiana -  Effective Monday, June 15th, 2020, the Worker’s Compensation Board’s offices will be open to the public by appointment only.  Walk-ins will be unable to get into the building and should call (317-233-3009) or email instead at www.in.gov/wcb for an appointment. Those with appointments will be met at the public entrance on the east side of the building.

In person hearings are being scheduled according to the availability of usual locations while others will continue to be handled telephonically or through written submissions until further notice.  Please refer to the notice from March 20th for further details.  Do not fax filings to the office.  Mail remains the only way to file most pleadings and forms. Thank you.  No file marked copies will be returned without a second copy and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.


Iowa - Utilize video based CourtCall; As of 3/23/2020, no access beyond lobby of DWC Offices; Updates to Service of Original Notice, Electronic Signatures, Notary and Authorization to File by EMail
Updated Order on Services 4.3.2020
Order-COVID-19- Impact on Hearings through September 14, 2020 - June 1, 2020
Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Agency Services (June 1, 2020)
Order- Impact of COVID-19 on Hearings Through March 19, 2021 .pdf(link is external)


Kansas - Telephonic Meetings


Kentucky - Telephonic/Videoconference Meetings. All in person hearings are cancelled until further notice. See Memorandum here.
Updated Memorandum as of 5.6.2020
Videoconference Proceedings


Louisiana - Settlements and Attorney Fee Petitions 4.30.2020- Amended Order-The Office of Workers’ Compensation is currently preparing each office for re-opening in a manner that will allow for social distancing and slowing the spread of Covid-19. As such, this office will remain closed to the public through December 4, 2020. During this time, the staff is working remotely and in the office responding to e-mails and performing critical tasks. With the exception of unrepresented/pro se settlements, all in-person court appearances and in-person mediations are cancelled until further notice. In-person trials, hearings, and mediations will be rescheduled on an expedited basis. Telephone mediations are permitted and encouraged. You may contact your OWC mediator for scheduling. See District Court Listing.

No pleadings will be accepted by e-mail, except for Settlement Petitions and Attorney Fee Petitions. The original and filing fee must be mailed to the respective district office.

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration, including the workers’ compensation courts will be closed to the public through December 4, 2020. Staff, however, will be working remotely. We will continue to monitor e-mails and to handle mission critical tasks.

OWC matters conducted via Zoom
   * All motion hearings may be set by Zoom, including those which require live testimony. If a party objects to
      proceeding via Zoom, the matter will be set for a contradictory hearing before the OWC Judge.
   * Trials may be conducted via Zoom, including those which require live testimony. If a party objects to
      proceeding to trial via Zoom, the matter will be set for a contradictory hearing before the OWC Judge.
   * For all Zoom Trials, the attorneys must provide documentation to the Court showing that they completed the
      LSBA Zoom webinar or the OWC Zoom tutorial. Confirmation of completion must be submitted to the Court
      prior to trial.
   * All parties must confirm their telephone number and e-mail address with the Court, in order to receive
      Zoom Notices.
   * Unrepresented/pro se settlements will continue to be set via Zoom.
   * OWC mediators will schedule mediations via Zoom and telephone.


Maine - CourtCall. Hearings are being conducted by phone or other form of remote technology. (Please see the COVID-19FAQ pdf updated 8/26/20 for more information.) Mediations to be conducted by phone. The Central, Regional and Advocate offices are closed to the public, limited staff is available.


Maryland - April 23, 2020 - Effective immediately, parties may begin the process of requesting, by agreement of the parties, a Video Remote Hearing (VRH). The VRH Instructions document and more information are posted to April 2020 Notices (link).
April 21,2020 - Administrative Order regarding hearings. Read the Administrative Order
Administrative Order 2020-02 regarding extension of deadlines.
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. Read the full announcement
June 2, 2020 - The resumption of Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission hearings will be vastly different than previous normal operations and will occur in a cautious manner with the health and safety of Commission employees and customers of utmost concern. These linked guidelines will be strictly enforced for all hearing attendees
June 16, 2020 - Instructions for Video Hearing Requests ; Exhibit submissions and Courtroom Protocols. CONTACTLESS TEMPERATURE SCREENINGS: Beginning on June 22, 2020, the Commission will conduct temperature screenings for members of the public attending in-person hearings.  Please review the updated Courtroom Protocols linked below.


Massachusetts - Telephonic Meetings. All in-person proceedings and meetings are suspended. 
Updated 4.1.2020
4.16.2020 - Status Conferences during the Health Crisis
May 11, 2020 - Administrative Bulletin #4 - Online Filing
June 23, 2020 - Administrative Bulletin #5
Emergency Administration Bulletin 7- Dispute Resolution Re-Opening Procedures
The DIA will resume in person hearings on Monday, September 28, 2020


Michigan - Effective April 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., the Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates are continuing to suspend in person hearings. The local agency where the case is pending should be contacted for all scheduling of redemptions, motions, and facilitations to be held telephonically. We are working on plans to resume in-person hearings as safely and as soon as possible.
Executive Order


Minnesota - As of Monday, March 23, 2020, the Department of Labor and Industry will conduct administrative conferences and mediations remotely by telephone or video conference. Parties also have the option of rescheduling events to a later date. Contact us at dli.workcomp@state.mn.us or 651-284-5032, or contact your assigned mediator, for more information.


Mississippi - See updated bulletin for information on building closure, settlement procedure, notarization of claimant's signature, waiver of sworn statements, telemedicine and IME/EME Telemedicine
Updated bulletin as of 4.8.2020
COVID-19 Procedures updated 6.25.20


Missouri - All Conferences, Pre-Hearings and Show Cause Dismissal Settings will be cancelled from April 20, 2020 through May 29, 2020; Please contact local office to schedule a teleconference with an Administrative Law Judge if the parties need assistance.
Updated Notice as of 4.2.2020
Operational Update 6.22.20


Montana - all courts closed to the public.
Updated Notice as of 3.23.2020


Nebraska  - As of 4.6.2020 it is ordered that no court shall close unless or until the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court has issued an order declaring a nonjudicial day. No one with outlined exposure or symptoms of COVID-19 shall be permitted entry or attendance in proceedings. See updated order.
Updated 4.6.2020
Updated 5.22.20
News Release: Trials, Hearings, Filings, and Deliveries resume at Compensation Court's 1010 Lincoln Mall Facility
Administrative Order 6.30.20
Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court trials and evidentiary hearings will be conducted in accordance with our November 10, 2020 administrative order.


Nevada - 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.
Updated Declaration of Emergency Directive as of 4.1.2020

  • Updated Directive 4.2.2020 - For workers' compensation claims, the time limits set forth by statute or regulation for appeals in the Department of Administration, Hearings Division will be extended from April l, 2020 until 30 days from the date the state of emergency is terminated. Please note this Directive does not, pursuant to NRS 414.110 (1), extend, delay or toll the delivery of services or payment of benefits to injured workers who are otherwise be entitled under NRS Chapters 616A-616D and NRS Chapter 617. 

New Hampshire - Telephonic or Video Meetings or continued 
Updated Executive Order as of 5.15.2020


New Jersey - 6/4/2020 – Notice to the Bar from Director/Chief Judge Wojtenko re: COVID-19 Workers’ Comp. Courts Closed to Public until Further Notice 7-10-20.
There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials, in which case social distancing will be enforced and masks must be worn by all parties). 
Updated Notice as of 5.7.2020


New Mexico - The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration (WCA), in keeping with directives issued by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to further reduce community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), will continue to operate remotely for mediations and hearings, and for much of the agency's daily operations.

Mediation, Settlement Conferences, Judicial Hearings and Expedited Lump Sum Hearings will be conducted remotely, either telephonically or via internet web platform.

Unless otherwise ordered by the WCA judge, the parties shall prepare all evidentiary and formal hearings for evidence submission to the WCA judge. Similar to the testimony of all expert witnesses, lay witness testimony shall be submitted via written or video deposition. Upon receipt of the pre-trial order, trial exhibit lists, and exhibit lists, and at the request of the parties, the trial judge may schedule the matter for telephonic or video oral arguments. Following the submission of evidence, the trial judge shall issue a Compensation Order.


New York - New - Summary of NYS WCB Response to COVID-19
The state Board will hold all hearings remotely; extend the deadline for filing medical evidence; and will allow for a “reasonable excuse” related to COVID-19 for not attending independent medical examination appointments.


North Carolina - Hearings held by conference call and mediations remotely; please click here for detailed information


North Dakota - Updated Executive Order as of 3.27.2020 

  • As of April 17, 2020- WSI is temporarily extending the filing timeframe from 30 days to 60 days for appealing a previously reduced or denied medical bill. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many providers have transitioned to working from home, which WSI recognizes may cause a delay in submitting a Medical Bill Appeal (M6) form.

Ohio - Effective immediately, the Ohio Industrial Commission will continue to conduct telephone hearings, but will schedule hearings on all issues.

  • Beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020, the IC will change the way it conducts telephonic hearings in an effort to increase efficiency. In addition to the names of parties, claim number, date and time of hearing, and general information telephone number, the notices of hearing will state that the hearings will be conducted by telephone, and will provide a number and access code for parties and representatives to call in order to participate. Telephonic hearings that take place prior to April 27, 2020 will be conducted in the same manner that has been used during the last couple of weeks.

Updated Bulletin as of 3.30.2020


Oklahoma - The Oklahoma City offices of the Workers’ Compensation Commission will reopen Monday, March 30 in a limited capacity. All dockets, including those of the Administrative Law Judges and all Commission appeals, will be stricken until April 30, 2020. The Tulsa offices will remain closed to the public. While the building is open, in the interest of public health and safety, limited services will be provided by the Commission until further notice. Additionally, no mediations should be conducted on premises. The hearing rooms and attorney conference rooms will be locked. Parties may contact the assigned judge or Chief ALJ by telephone or email only; Extension of deadlines and Statute of Limitation.
Update as of 4.16.2020


Oregon - The division is maintaining all current services and expects minimal disruptions.
Updated Claims Processing Industry Notice as of 3.25.20
Updated Industry Notice as of 3.17.2020


Pennsylvania - Telephonic Meetings with Skype; Mediations with Zoom; 

 Appeals scheduled for argument before the Appeal Board shall be decided "on-briefs- only" unless a party files a specific request that its appeal be re-listed for oral argument at a future date. Update as of 3.30.2020


Rhode Island - Telephonic Meetings; all trials should be continued to a date after April 17, 2020
Administrative Order as of 3.17.2020


South Carolina - The Workers’ Compensation Commission suspended all in-person hearings until June 1; Responses to pleadings must be emailed to judicial analysts@wcc.sc.gov. Form 70 Mediator Report must be emailed to mediation@wcc.sc.gov.
Procedural Clarifications Advisory Notice as of 4.3.2020
View the Latest Advisory Notice 5.26.20
Advisory Notice-Commission Offices open to public July 6, 2020.


South Dakota - Telephonic Meetings


Tennessee - Telephonic Settlements
Updated as of 3.16.2020


Texas - Telephonic Conferences and Hearings; Updated information about filing fees, payments, signatures and sworn statements, notarization, new claim codes click here.
Updated as of 3.27.2020


Utah - Telephonic Meetings


Vermont - Informal Conferences continue telephonically; Formal Hearings - please communicate with WC Administration Law Judges for any changes in the handling of formal hearings, pre-trials, etc.
Updated Memorandum as of 3.18.2020


Virginia - VWC Headquarters will open it's headquarters on April 21, 2020. Special Order to Conduct Evidentiary Hearings via Video Conference
VWC Converts all hearings scheduled May 1 - June 10 to Video Hearings - Download Notice
Updated Press Release as of 4.6.2020
Tips for Telephone Mediations 3.31.2020
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission has issued the attached Order to return to in-person hearings on or after June 11, 2020.
Limited Availability for Full and Final Mediations 6.12.20
Commission Issues Order Regarding Evidentiary Hearings


Washington - The Board of Industrial Appeals offices remain closed. Live hearings are still on hold, telephone or Zoom proceedings for hearings will be held through the end of June 2021. Continuances - to request a continuance on the basis of not wanting to proceed via telelphone or Zoom a motion must be filed with the assigned Judge.


West Virginia - OIC will not hold any administrative hearings that are nonessential or contrary to directives to limit gatherings or practice social distancing or isolation. At this time, it is not possible for the OIC to conduct telephonic hearings due to the need to have a court reporter present to record the hearings. See Bulletin 3.26.2020

Inasmuch as an insurance emergency and the Governor’s declared State of Emergency continue to exist in the State of West Virginia, it is hereby ORDERED that normal time standards for claims handling applicable to workers’ compensation insurers and other regulated entities as set forth in Title 85, Series 1, Section 10, of the West Virginia Code of State Rules are suspended in the State of West Virginia until further notice, provided that workers’ compensation insurers and other regulated entities shall continue to adjust workers’ compensation claims as expeditiously as possible during the insurance emergency and shall utilize all possible methods of adjusting claims remotely, such as telephone, email, facsimile, and mobile applications, all the while striving to meet normal time standards for the adjustment and resolution of claims whenever possible. 
Updated as of 3.23.2020
Executive Order 40-20, May 22,2020 - May 26th Opening Information
Emergency Order 20-EO-09 Modifying and Rescinding Certain COVID-19 Related Emergency Orders


Wisconsin - 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.
Updated Notice as of 3.13.2020


Wyoming - Telephonic Meetings

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