St. Paul, MN - Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation delivering workers’ compensation benefits to health care and public safety workers who contract COVID-19 in the line of duty. In particular, the legislation provides a presumption that if these workers contract COVID, they did so during the course of their employment and are covered by workers’ comp.
The legislation goes into effect for employees who contract COVID-19? on or after the day following final enactment.
Representative John Huot (DFL-Rosemount) voted in support of the legislation and released the following statement:
“This legislation will help give our first responders the tools they need to protect their health and their families’ economic security during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. Ensuring these individuals are covered by workers’ compensation if they contract COVID-19 is essential and I’m proud to support this legislation today.”
A copy of the legislation can be found here, and a video recording of the House floor session can be found on the House Public Information YouTube page. The legislation is expected to be passed by the Minnesota Senate and signed by Governor Walz.