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COMPACT is a quarterly publication for workers' compensation professionals. Published by the Department of Labor and Industry's Workers' Compensation Division, this newsletter provides the most recent news and case information in the field of workers' compensation. Visit the archive for past editions.

March 2021

Contents

  • Governor Walz appoints Roslyn Robertson as DLI commissioner

  • Mileage rate decreases for 2021

  • How do workers get injured? Claim characteristics flyer updated with 2019 data

  • Work Comp Campus continues to support stakeholders, provide resources

  • Dedicated workers' compensation help desk taking your calls, email

  • DLI publishes reports analyzing timeliness, accuracy in two new systems in workers' compensation for paying medical providers

  • Reports of benefits paid (SCF assessment) accepted in Campus or on form

  • Workers' compensation claims, costs show long-term downward trend

  • CompFact:  Wage differences in payment of PPD benefits, settlements

  • FAQs:  Workers' compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19; other resources

  • Annual reports updated, available online

  • Recordkeeping training offered via webinar in May

  • Turn to Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman for help with claims

  • Workers' compensation events calendar

  • Court decisions:  November 2020 through January 2021


August 2020 – Special edition:  COVID-19

Contents

  • DLI Workers' Compensation Division updates related to COVID-19

  • Denials of liability related to COVID-19 illnesses

  • Other denial scenarios that may also apply to COVID-19 claims

  • Helpful tips:  Conducting mediations, conferences remotely

  • Filing a first report of injury for COVID-19 claims

  • Department tracks workers'-compensation-related COVID-19 claims

  • COVID-19 and recordkeeping

  • Turn to Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman for help with claims

  • Discontinuing benefits on COVID-19 claims:  Specificity, layoffs

  • Waiver of workers' compensation rights prohibited

  • Worker protections related to COVID-19

Special editions

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