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Legal

Even unpaid interns may be eligible for workers’ comp

If your organization offers internships, be aware that even unpaid interns could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

What employers should know about marijuana safety and impairment policies

An employer's legal marijuana safety and impairment policy options may depend on the level of operations the company has with the federal government.

Are employees compensated when injured while violating company rules?

Employers are can be frustrated to learn that employees injured while violating company safety rules can still receive workers’ compensation benefits in some cases.

Tips for a smooth premium audit

Read our premium audit tips to make sure yours goes smoothly, and understand why your annual workers' compensation premium audit is so important.

Are employee injuries at parties and wellness events eligible for workers' comp benefits?

Typically, an injury sustained in an activity that is truly voluntary is not compensable. But if the employee is encouraged or required to participate, or the company benefits from the participation in some way, it could be.

Workers' compensation and home office telecommuting

Employees who are injured while taking a short break from work can be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. What happens when the injury occurs while the employee is working from home?

Can you screen job applicants for prior workers' compensation claims?

Asking job candidates about past work injuries, disabilities or medical histories isn't appropriate under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or state laws.

Workers’ comp exemptions for MN small business owners and families

Minnesota law allows employers to exclude certain types of employees from coverage, such as small business owners and their close relatives.

OSHA electronic reporting requirements for employers

You may have questions about whether your business is required to submit information to OSHA electronically, and what information you will need to submit.

From the president: Another blown opportunity to save lives in Minnesota

SFM has been an active supporter of proposed state laws banning the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving.

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