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Meatpacking workers — their plight spotlighted amid pandemic — afforded more protections under bill advancing in House

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Minnesota meatpacking companies could be required to install more stringent COVID-19 measures, while their workers could be allowed to refuse to work in dangerous conditions without getting fired or facing retaliation.

HF800, sponsored by Rep. Dan Wolgamott (DFL-St. Cloud), would implement a series of pandemic-related measures, from requiring companies to space workers at least 6 feet apart to providing them sufficient personal protective equipment.

It would also create paid sick time requirements for meatpacking workers during the pandemic and require companies to pay workers who refuse to work in dangerous conditions.

That's provided the employees report the dangerous conditions and they aren't corrected.


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