St. Paul, MN - Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation to extend the COVID-19 workers’ compensation presumption. The law provides a presumption that if public safety or health care workers contract COVID-19, they did so during the course of their employment and are covered by workers’ compensation.
Representative Ginny Klevorn (DFL-Plymouth) voted in support of the measure and released the following statement:
“Our frontline first responders have continued to selflessly work around clock since the onset of the pandemic to ensure our neighbors are safe when they’re in crisis,” said Rep. Klevorn. “I was glad to support an extension of the COVID-19 workers’ compensation presumption because we need to continue to have the backs of the Minnesotans who have ours.”
The previous law allowing for this presumption ended on December 31, 2021, leaving 183,000 frontline workers without the guarantee of compensation in the event they contract COVID-19. The new bill would extend the presumption to January 1, 2023. 22,573 workers have received compensation under the presumption, totaling $20 million. During the lapsed time, over 2,000 frontline workers have contracted COVID-19.
Those workers impacted by this legislation include: