SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, voted for legislation to deliver workers’ compensation benefits to health care and public safety workers who contract COVID-19 in the line of duty. The legislation acknowledges that the nature of their work, with such close contact while serving the public, puts them at an extremely high-risk of contracting COVID-19 during their employment and should be covered by workers’ compensation so they can receive full pay and full coverage of their health care costs.
Senator Dibble joined the call for this change in state law after the leadership of the Senate had initially refused its inclusion in an earlier COVID-19 response package.
“It’s important to support our first responders and health care workers that are on the front lines of this pandemic. They are putting themselves in harm’s way every day and need the coverage of workers’ compensation if they contract COVID-19. This legislation will provide much needed help during these extremely difficult circumstances in our state.”
Governor Walz had indicated that he will sign the legislation. A copy of the legislation can be found here.