State News : Washington D.C.

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Washington D.C.


In late October of 2023, legislation was passed temporarily extending emergency legislation from 2022 that previously barred the payment of an award or compensation in the District if the Claimant had received benefits under the laws of any other states. Titled the Parity in Workers’ Compensation Recovery Emergency Amendment Act of 2023, the Act extended the amendment that now allows the payment or award of compensation in the District of Columbia even if the Claimant has received benefits from workers’ compensation claim in any state. The total benefit received, however, will be reduced by any amount received previously. Thus, if the Claimant received any benefits in Maryland and now brings the claim into the District of Columbia, any further awards of compensation will be reduced by any amount received in Maryland. This Act applied to claims pending as of June 28, 2022 and all claims filed after June 28, 2022. Overall, this likely led to an increase in DC workers’ compensation claims as claimants were no longer barred from recovery in DC if they received any form of benefits in other states.

Moving forward, with this temporary legislation only in effect for 90 days with an expiration date of January 24, 2023, Employers and Insurers should continue to monitor for additional legislation as it is likely further temporary legislation will be enacted to extend the benefits associated with this Act. While the Act is no longer in effect, it is unknown what the courts will do for any claims of benefits during the period that is no longer covered if additional legislation is signed into effect.