Senator Eken Votes to Secure Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 Affected First Responders

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate passed legislation unanimously Tuesday making COVID-19 an occupational disease covered by workers’ compensation.

“Today’s action will help support the first responders and frontline health care workers who are putting their lives on the line daily in the state’s response to COVID-19,” said Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley). “This was a bipartisan priority for both the House and the Senate, and I’m glad we could come together quickly to get this done.”

This will now provide access to workers’ compensation claims for several occupations. This includes: licensed peace officers; firefighters; paramedics; nurses, healthcare workers, correction officers, and security counselors employed by the state or a political subdivision at a corrections, detention, or secure treatment facility; emergency medical technicians; health care providers, nurses, and assistive employees employed in a health care, home care, or long term care setting, with direct COVID-19 patient care or ancillary work in COVID-19 patient units; and workers who are required to provide childcare to first responders and health care workers under the Governor’s recent executive orders.

Governor Walz had indicated that he will sign the legislation. A copy of the legislation can be found here.

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Kent Eken represents District 4, which includes portions of Becker, Clay, and Norman counties in the northwestern part of the state.

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