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Release: Rep. Huot introduces legislation to provide workers’ compensation for teachers and school staff who contract COVID-19

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota House DFL leaders and legislators announced their first priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session today. The legislation focuses on the ongoing pandemic and assisting Minnesotans struggling as a result of COVID-19.

Rep. John Huot (DFL – Rosemount), is the author of legislation within the assistance package that provides workers’ compensation for school employees who contract COVID-19.

“Our educators and school staff have already gone above and beyond in aiding our children and their families throughout the pandemic accommodating in-person, hybrid, or distance learning,” said Rep. Huot. “They have been out delivering meals, materials, and providing support to students and their families by checking in, reaching out, and helping in a thousand different ways. Their support has been unwavering in this crisis, and they deserve the ability to earn workers’ compensation should they contract the virus on the job.”

The first bills include the following:

Economic Security – HF 1

  • Housing assistance and homelessness prevention
  • Emergency cash payments to families most in need
  • Food security 
  • Broadband expansion


Worker Protections – HF 2

  • Emergency paid sick leave for health care workers
  • Workers’ compensation for school employees who contract COVID-19 
  • Getting hospitality workers back to work
  • Expanding unemployment insurance to those collecting social security


Health Care and Human Services – HF 3

  • Testing, vaccination, and staffing support for long-term care 
  • Addressing health-related needs of those without shelter  


Education – HF 4

  • Wrap-around student supports 
  • Investments to address learning loss and opportunity gaps 
  • Funding stabilization to address temporarily decreased enrollment


Child Care – HF 5

  • Child care provider grants
  • Wait list reduction