The District of Columbia Amends Workers’ Compensation Recovery Act

An emergency amendment to the District of Columbia’s Workers’ Compensation Recovery Act has been passed and will only remain in effect temporarily. 

The amendment, known as the Parity in Workers’ Compensation Recovery Emergency Amendment Act of 2023, stipulates that receiving workers’ compensation from another state does not prevent a claim under the District’s law for the same injury or death.

However, any compensation awarded under the District’s law will be reduced by the amount already received from another state’s workers’ compensation. This amendment is retroactively applicable to all claims pending as of June 28, 2022, and those filed thereafter.

The amendment, effective now, will expire on January 24, 2024.