Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a bill to make it easier for teachers and other school employees to receive compensation for workers if they contract COVID-19 at work.
H.B. 9, introduced Thursday by Democratic Rep. Ryan Winkler, would change the State Occupational Diseases Act, which requires first-instance officers and other workers who acquire certain occupational diseases to do so during their employment.
The bill would add employees of school districts, charter schools, higher education workers and school bus drivers to the list of workers entitled to workers' compensation for acquiring COVID-19. Legislators had modified the Occupational Diseases Act earlier this year to create a rebuttable assumption for first-time managers and front-line workers acquiring COVID-1
If approved, the law would apply to employees who hire COVID-19 on or after the day after adoption and the law would expire May 1, 2021.
The bill has been referred to the House Labor Committee.
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