St. Paul, Minn.— Today, Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) voted to extend workers compensation benefits to workers on the front line of keeping Minnesotans safe who contract COVID-19 as a result of their duties. Under current law, workers must prove they contracted the virus on the job to obtain workers compensation benefits. The bill passed today makes it easier for front line workers to collect benefits if they become ill with COVID-19. This legislation provides a presumption that an employee who contracts COVID-19 has an occupational disease because of their exposure in their line of duty. These employees include first responders, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, health care workers employed through home care or long-term care settings, and workers providing childcare to essential workers.
In response to the passage of the legislation today, Sen. Dziedzic issued the statement below:
“We’ve been working on this legislation for the past several weeks. Thanks to everyone involved in the negotiations who helped make this happen. These front-line workers go to work every day to protect us. Today, we passed this bill to protect them.”
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