St. Paul, Minn.— Today, Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) voted in support of extending workers compensation benefits to workers on the front line of keeping Minnesota safe who contract COVID-19 as a result of their duties. These vital workers include first responders, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, health care workers employed through home care or long-term care settings, and workers providing childcare to essential workers. Currently, 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.
In response to the passage of the legislation today, Sen. Frentz issued the statement below:
“I was hoping this legislation would have been retroactive to March 1, but I am pleased we got it done and are protecting our front-line workers who are at high risk of exposure to the coronavirus. This is a big win for these indispensable brave men and women who deserve to be covered under Minnesota’s workers compensation program. I also want to send a huge shout out and thank you to all of these people who are risking their safety and the safety of their families to serve us. It was the right thing to do to pass this legislation today to protect them and their families from a loss of income because of illness directly related to COVID-19.
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