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7-16-2020 - Visitors are encouraged to bring and wear their own masks and are required to wear masks in accordance with the effective local ordinances. 

6-22-2020 - Operational Update

4-7-2020 Emergency Rule for First Responders

On April 7, 2020, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations with its Division of Workers’ Compensation filed an emergency rule under the workers’ compensation statue to provide a presumption that first responders contracting COVID-19 were infected in the course of their employment. The Labor and Industrial Relations Commission voted unanimously to approve the emergency rule.

On April 8, 2020, upon receipt of the signed approval of the Commission, the Department of Labor Director, Division of Workers’ Compensation Director and Department General Counsel signed a letter conveying the emergency rule to the Secretary of State and the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules.

After ten business days from date of receipt by the Secretary of State and barring any substantive revisions, the emergency rule will be effective on April 22, 2020.

The emergency rule allows for retroactive application of the presumption for instances which occurred prior to its effective date.

8 CSR 50-5.005 Presumption of Occupational Disease for First Responders


Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Division of Workers' Compensation (MODWC) EDI Claims Announcement:

MODWC Claim Administrators and Vendors - New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes for COVID-19 Pandemic

Information Updates

4-2-2020 COVID-19 Update - Change of Operations

In the interest of your health and safety, and that of employees at the Division of Workers’ Compensation, please click here for updated information concerning meetings and dockets. 

March 19, 2020 NOTICE

EDI Claims Release 3.1 Information Update: 

  • The Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation (MODWC) will soon be transitioning from the IAIABC EDI Claims Release 1 standard to the IAIABC EDI Claims Release 3.1 standard for electronic reporting of workers’ compensation First Reports of Injury (FROI) and Subsequent Reports of Injury (SROI). The mandatory implementation is planned for July 2021, though the exact date will be announced later. See additional information.

Attention Attorneys! 

  • Click here for information on submitting Claims for Compensation and Answers to Claim of Compensation electronically.
  • The Division of Workers’ Compensation has created email addresses for submitting requests for settings, entries of appearance, motions to withdraw, and requests for continuance directly to the local office where the case venue lies. Click here for more information.

About Workers' Compensation

The Division provides services to those who have been injured on the job or exposed to occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment. The Division also makes sure that an injured worker receives benefits that they are entitled to under the Missouri Workers' Compensation Law. The Division's Administrative Law Judges have the authority to approve settlements or issue awards after a hearing relating to an injured worker’s entitlement to permanent benefits allowed by Missouri law. Learn more about the Division

*COVID-19 Notices and Operational Updates*

2018 Workers' Compensation Annual Report

2019 Workers' Compensation Annual Report

Document Submittal through for Law Firms

Document submittal through for Insurance Companies 

About the Director

Colleen Joern Vetter - Division of Workers' Compensation Director


Division of Workers' Compensation
P.O. Box 58
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0058
Phone: 573-751-4231
Toll Free: 800-775-2667