The recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota is affecting MCIT and its members. MCIT has seen several recent instances of members “holding” incident reports, pending internal review and/or information gathering. However, it is important that members promptly report these work-related incidents to MCIT to ensure compliance with Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) regulations where applicable.
When an employee is off work for more than three days, the claim must be reported to DLI. Failure to report promptly may result in penalties and fines.
- Report COVID-19 exposures to MCIT as soon as possible.Do not “hold” or “bundle” injury reports. MCIT’s review and investigation can occur concurrently with any internal member review.
- First responders are presumed to have contracted COVID-19 through employment. These claims must be reported to DLI regardless of employer wage continuation while the employee is in quarantine.
- If the employee has sought medical treatment (i.e., received a test, treated wtih a medical provider), do not use the Workplace Injury Hotline to report the incident. The hotline should only be used in instances when the employee has not sought treatment already and it is not an emergency. Rather, report the incident through the online MCIT member portal.
Contact MCIT with Questions
If you have questions about whether to report an incident or how to report one, contact the MCIT workers’ compensation team at 1.866.547.6516.