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Temporary MN law change: Positions where COVID-19 infections are presumed work-related

Minnesota’s workers’ compensation law has been temporarily amended to include a presumption of liability for certain workers with a positive COVID-19 laboratory test or clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 when a test is not available.

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act and workers’ compensation

We’ve been receiving a lot of questions from employers about the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), federal legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are answers to common questions we’ve been hearing from employers.

Compensability of adverse COVID-19 vaccine reactions

The COVID-19 vaccinations began with the highest risk populations and frontline workers in health care and long-term care facilities across the U.S. This raises the question of compensability for adverse reactions from the COVID-19 vaccine, and related medical treatment and time lost from work. A key factor for workers’ compensation compensability is whether the vaccination was mandatory or voluntary. To date, the federal government and most states have not taken action to declare the COVID-19 vaccine to be mandatory.

Iowa commissioner deems rotator cuff a ‘shoulder’ injury

Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese determined that an injury to a muscle in the rotator cuff is considered a shoulder injury for the purpose of determining permanent partial disability benefits.

MN Supreme Court addresses workers’ compensation case

The Minnesota Supreme Court addressed the rights of intervenors in workers’ compensation proceedings in the August 12, 2020, decision of Koehnen v. Flagship Marine Company and Auto Owners Insurance Company.

A legal perspective on injuries while working from home

It can be challenging to determine whether an employee’s injury is considered work related, even in the typical work environment. Working from home can present unique workers’ compensation issues due to the inevitable mix of work-related and personal activities.

WI first responder COVID-19 infections presumed work related

If a Wisconsin first responder is diagnosed with COVID-19, it’s presumed work related under a law that went into effect April 17.

Retirement presumption can affect workers’ comp benefits

Most Minnesota workers retire at 67, but employers may have to continue permanent total disability benefits if an employee continues working past the expected age.

Information for employers: Injuries while working from home

With more employees working from home due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, many policyholders have turned to SFM for answers on liability questions concerning the home office. 

Cumulative injury coverage under workers' compensation

Some work injuries don’t occur at a specific time, but rather they are the result of a degenerative process that takes place over months or years.

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