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.

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