First Responders to Receive Worker’s Compensation for COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Late Sunday evening it was announced that the Minnesota legislature had come to an agreement on providing workers compensation for first responders who contract it during their service. Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) led efforts to secure this protection for workers and praised the bipartisan action from members of each of the 4 caucuses in reaching an agreement.

“The emergency service and health care workers who are on the frontline of responding to COVID-19 are putting their health and safety at risk, and they deserve to be supported,” said Senator Simonson. “This bipartisan, bicameral agreement recognizes the sacrifice each of these workers are making, and I’m proud that we came together to make this a priority and move quickly to get this done.”

The legislature will meet in session on Tuesday, April 7 to pass the bill, ensuring it can be signed quickly into law by Governor Walz. More information on the legislation is available here: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=Senate&f=SF4451&ssn=0&y=2020. Senator Simonson also spoke about the need for these protections on the Senate Floor on March 26. Video of his comments are available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Vcz-Eur4Q.

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