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Workers' Compensation

Department of Workers' Claims



Welcome to the Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims (DWC) website. With the support of Governor Andy Beshear, the DWC is committed to improving customer service and reducing costs to our customers in the Commonwealth. The Department of Workers' Claims is the agency primarily charged with the administration of the Kentucky program and has exclusive jurisdiction over workers' compensation claims.  Our website is designed to provide users with helpful information on the functions of the Commonwealth's workers' compensation program.


​Scott C. Wilhoit, ​Commissioner

COVID-19 Issues

803 KAR 25:305E (new emergency) Workers' Compensation Expedited Hearings Pursuant to Occupational Exposure to COVID-19
Return to Virtual Proceedings
Covid Policy-Update
Filing of Application for COVID-19 claim
Effective Date of Medical Treatment Guidelines
Effective Date of Medical Treatment Guidelines
COVID-19 Test Codes and Fees
Videoconference Proceedings
COVID-19 Test Codes and Fees
DWC Extends Cancellation of In-Person Proceedings
Updated Announcement Regarding Videoconference Proceedings
Executive Order 2020-277
Electronic Signatures and Notarization
Videoconference Proceedings
Extension of Cancellation of In-Person Proceedings
New EDI Codes for Reporting COVID-19
Telehealth Services During State of Emergency
Update on Department of Workers' Claims Operations
Department of Workers' Claims Policy Regarding Court Reporters and Remote Depositions
Workers' Compensation Hearings Canceled

What's New/Recent Topics​​​

The Department of Workers’ Claims held a swearing in ceremony for its new and reappointed Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) and Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) members. The oath of office was a administered by the Chief Justice of Kentucky, John D. Minton, Jr. The ALJs sworn in are Stephanie L. Kinney, Greg Harvey, Roland Case, J Gregory Allen and Samuel J. Bach. The WCB members sworn in are Michael W. Alvey and Scott M. Miller. 
Notice of Special Meeting of Workers' Compensation Nominating Committee October 6, 2021
Notice of Vacancy for two Administrative Law Judge Positions
2022 Workers' Compensation Benefit Schedule
Notice of Special Meeting of Workers' Compensation Nominating Committee-September 7, 2021
Notice of Special Meeting of Workers' Compensation Nominating Committee
Notice of Vacancy Administrative Law Judge
2021 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation & Management Codes
Medical Treatment Guidelines Reminder
ODG Medical Treatment Guidelines Training for the State of Kentucky
2021 Discount Rate Order and Tables
Workers' Compensation Mediation Program
Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Changes to KAR 25:091
Attorney's Fees Memorandum Clarification
Memorandum Regarding Motions for Approval of Attorney's Fees
2021 Workers' Compensation Benefit Schedule
Important LMS Filing Practices

Current Administrative Regulation Filings

The Department of Workers’ Claims’ has filed the administrative regulations listed below, including new regulations and proposed amendments to existing regulations, with the Legislative Research Commission. These regulations may be accessed on the Legislative Research Commission’s website at Select the Kentucky Law Tab, Kentucky Administrative Regulations, KAR List by Title, then Title 803 Labor Cabinet and scroll down to the appropriate administrative regulation under Chapter 25 Department of Workers’ Claims. These regulations will appear in a font color other than blue. The administrative regulations, a summary of changes if an existing regulation, public hearing, and public comment information can be found by following the links below.

Meeting Minutes

RAC Meeting Minutes

Online Resources

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Statutes and Regulations

Communications Network

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