Labor and Industry news for April 2020

News from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

 

April 2020

Legislation expands workers' compensation coverage during COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Tim Walz has signed a law that provides occupational protections for certain workers who contract COVID-19.

Effective April 8, 2020, this new law states that certain employees who contract COVID-19 are presumed to have an occupational disease covered by the Minnesota workers' compensation law.

A summary of the law and answers to frequently asked questions are available at www.dli.mn.gov/updates.

   
 

COVID-19 resources for employers, employees

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the lives of all Minnesotans. To help eliminate some confusion during this time, DLI has compiled a list of resources and information at www.dli.mn.gov/updates.

Resources include worker protections related to COVID-19, frequently asked questions for employers and employees, and safety and health guidelines for the employers and employees of essential work operations.


Safety and health guidelines for essential employers, employees

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. Employers should have control measures in place to minimize exposure from transmission through basic activities, such as coughing, sneezing and even talking.

Employers have a fundamental obligation to protect their employees from known hazards, and both employers and employees must follow requirements set forth under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation has compiled workplace safety and health guidelines for essential businesses and workers, which can be found at www.dli.mn.gov/updates.


Worker protections document available in multiple languages

A document about worker protections related to COVID-19, including the use of sick leave, discrimination and safety and health, is available in EnglishHmongSomali and Spanish.


Implementation of Work Comp Campus continues

DLI and the Workers' Compensation Modernization Program (WCMP) continue to work diligently in preparation for the launch of Work Comp Campus. DLI's leadership and staff are adapting to the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while still delivering services to parties across the state.

Campus user training will happen in June, July and August 2020. WCMP is scheduled to go live for all users in August 2020.


2020 Minnesota State Building Code adoption

The 2020 Minnesota State Building Code became effective March 31, 2020. It is the minimum construction standard throughout all of Minnesota. The process to adopt the new codes spanned more than two years and involved the construction industry, committee groups and other stakeholders.


New edition of CCLD Review newsletter sent to subscribers

A new edition of the CCLD Review newsletter -- about the construction trades, codes and licensing in Minnesota -- was recently sent to subscribers. Topics in the new edition  include guidance for municipalities and contractors about continuing inspections, as well as boiler, elevator, manufactured structures permits moving to new system.


Dual-training grants available

More than $2.5 million in grants is available through the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline to help employers grow their workforce through dual-training programs. Applications are accepted through May 8. Information about the grants is available from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.


MNOSHA fatality, serious-injury investigation summaries online

Each month, Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance publishes current, updated summaries of its fatality investigations and serious-injury investigations.

For the federal-fiscal-year that began Oct. 1, 2019, MNOSHA has investigated five fatalities through March 31.

The information provided about each investigation is: the inspection number, date of incident and worksite city; the type of business and number of employees; a description of the event; and the outcome of the MNOSHA Compliance investigation.

 

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