Minnesota lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill that would make COVID-19 a replaceable disease for those working in schools after two similar measures failed to gain traction by the end of 2020.
H.B. 37 states that an employee who receives COVID-19 is assumed to have an occupational disease that arises due to and during employment if the employee works in a school. The bill covers teachers, administrators, bus drivers, guardians and school staff.
The contraction of COVID-19 must be confirmed by a positive laboratory test or, if such a test is not available, by a diagnosis by the employee's licensed physician, licensed medical assistant, or licensed advanced practice nurse, based on the employee's symptoms.
The assumption would only be refuted "if the employer or the insurer shows that the employment was not a direct cause of the illness," according to the bill.
The measure would enter into force on the day following its final adoption and be applied retroactively to employees who were contracted by COVID-1
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