COVID-19 Updates and Information

The current health crisis continues to impact the world, including the workers’ compensation industry. To keep you up to date on all important matters regarding COVID-19 we have created this page. We will regularly post updates here regarding news and governmental implications for each jurisdiction we work in.

Ritsema is fully committed and prepared to provide you with the services you expect. Please continue to reach out as you normally would.



  1. Breaking News
    • The Division continues to encourage physicians to utilize telehealth for routine WC appointments and DIME appointments when appropriate.
    • Negotiations have taken place regarding the creation of a compensability presumption for certain classes of employees who test positive for Covid-19 (health care workers, first responders, etc.).
    • Hearings are proceeding at the OAC through audio/visual means, with the expected logistical hurdles.  Nonetheless, claims may proceed to hearing. 
    • The Colorado Supreme Court held that the Colorado Legislature may meet past the May 6, 2020 deadline.  So, any pending bills related to workers’ compensation may still be considered by the legislature this term.
    • Social Security Administration delaying processing of request for records
    • CO Department of Labor & Employment delaying processing of request for records
  2. Workers' Compensation Emergency Rules 03/24/2020
  3. Workers' Compensation Emergency Rules 03/31/2020
  4. Memo re: Viral Pandemics & the Work Place


  1. Fee Schedule Changes due to COVID-19 03/26/2020
  2. Case Law Update re: Exposure & Update and re: ICA Hearings & IME Procedures 03/31/2020


  1. Florida COVID-19 Update 03/31/2020


  1. New COVID-19 Injury Codes & EDI Reporting 03/31/2020


  1. Update: Exposure & Infectious Disease Case Law 03/31/2020
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