A new bill hailed as the most comprehensive workers’ compensation legislation in the last twenty years was recently signed into law in Minnesota. Following both houses’ unanimous approval, Governor Mark Dayton also gave the bill his signature on May 20th.
The bill, H.F. 3878, included recommendations from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, a group comprised of appointed representative as well as the presidents of the largest statewide Minnesota business organization and the largest organized labor association. Supporters of the bill believe it will help improve the system’s administrative process, and directly benefit employers, health care providers and injured workers.
At a high level, the following changes will be enacted as a result of the bill’s passage:
- The maximum number of weeks of TPD benefits eligibility has increased from 225 weeks to 275 weeks
- The PPD benefits schedule has been increased
- PTD benefits eligibility has increased from age 67 to age 72
These changes will go into effect for injuries on or after October 1st, 2018. If you have question about how the new legislation will impact your business, please contact your local Hays representative or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the complete language for 2018 Minnesota Sessions Laws Chapter 185—H.F.No.3873, please click here.