2020 Regulatory and Legislative Trends Report

NCCI’s 2020 Regulatory and Legislative Trends Report provides an overview of key legislative, regulatory, judicial, and other developments affecting the workers compensation system.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted many state legislative sessions with state legislatures adjourning early, postponing their sessions, or focusing primarily on COVID-19 and state budget-related matters. However, several states recently resumed their legislative sessions or called special sessions. Some of those states considered or are considering workers compensation-related legislation. In addition, many state legislatures were active in early 2020, prior to the pandemic.

In this report you will learn about:

  • Key legislative themes and significant legislative proposals from around the country, including:
    • Workers compensation presumptions of compensability for COVID-19
    • Workers compensation for workplace-related mental injuries
    • Legalization of marijuana and reimbursement for medical marijuana in workers compensation
    • Single-payer health insurance systems
    • State tests for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor
  • Law-only filings in 2020
  • Court cases impacting workers compensation
  • New state administrators
  • Average approved changes in loss costs and rates
  • Additional legislative and other resources on ncci.com

NCCI monitors these activities and provides this report to keep you informed about emerging trends and hot issues affecting workers compensation.

Contact Laura Kersey, Executive Director—Regulatory & Legislative Analysis at laura_kersey@ncci.com for questions about the 2020 Regulatory and Legislative Trends Report.

​This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for informational purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. Use of this article for any purpose other than as set forth herein is strictly prohibited.

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