COVID-related workers’ comp bill on the governor’s desk

The Minnesota legislature has already sent a bill to the governor’s desk.

The bill sets the presumption that healthcare and other frontline workers who catch COVID-19 caught the disease as an occupational hazard and are entitled to worker’s compensation.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and 124-8 in the House.

This presumption had expired at the end of last year but with the extension, workers will be covered until mid-January of next year.

Workers covered under the presumption include peace officers, firefighters, healthcare providers in a variety of settings, correctional officers, and child care providers.

The law on the governor’s desk will not backdate to Jan. 1 but will allow the next year’s legislature to extend the deadline further if needed.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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