Minnesota lawmakers with both chambers on Monday introduced identical legislation that would make COVID-19 an occupational disease that arose due to and during employment.
H.B. 6 and S.B. 16 would apply to teachers or school administrators, staff for student support services, contract staff, school bus drivers, school nutrition staff, guardians and "any other person" employed by a school district, charter school or non-public school. The bills state that COVID-19 must be confirmed by a positive laboratory test or, if a laboratory test is not not available to the employee, it can be diagnosed by a physician "based on the employee's symptoms." The assumption "shall only be refuted if the employer or the insurer shows that the employment was not a direct cause of the illness", the bills say.
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