Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission recently announced several changes as a result of the Covid-19 health crisis:
Governor Lamont Suspends Workers’ Compensation Deadlines
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Lamont has suspended non-critical Workers’ Compensation Commission statutory, regulatory and administrative deadlines.
WCC is hopeful these temporary deadline suspensions outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order will help to alleviate the many concerns parties have expressed to WCC during this difficult time.
All parties are expected to continue to abide as closely as possible to ALL of the deadlines outlined in the Workers’ Compensation Act, including, but not limited to, Section 31-303. These are extraordinary times, and one of the several purposes of these deadline waivers is to facilitate the transacting of business. WCC is counting on all parties to not take advantage of the executive order to unnecessarily delay the processing and providing of benefits.
Executive Order NO. 7K can be found on the Governor’s website here.
WCC Staff Reductions
WCC had to make significant staff cuts effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in response to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis and the Governor’s directive to “work at home, stay at home” which is aimed at slowing the trajectory of the virus.
The WCC mission to serve the needs of the people of Connecticut remains intact. There are no reductions in the number of commissioners. Commissioners remain fully dedicated and will continue to conduct hearings telephonically in order to not unnecessarily jeopardize the health of WCC staff and the public.
WCC will evaluate as we go and make whatever reasonable adjustments to staff levels as are necessary and possible, to ensure WCC continues to function at the highest level possible during this health crisis. WCC will only be able to continue to function at the highest level possible, with the continued level of outstanding cooperation and patience by claimants and respondents.
Source: CT WCC