The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) offers an alternative to formal litigation in resolving workers' compensation disputes. Parties may choose to be represented by an attorney in alternative dispute-resolution or may participate without representation.
Department staff members answer questions from injured employees, employers, medical providers, rehabilitation consultants, attorneys and others interested in obtaining information about workers' compensation.
Staff members also help parties resolve issues that arise in specific claims. Minnesota Statutes 176.261 requires the department to "... make efforts to settle problems of employees and employers by contacting third parties, including attorneys, insurers and health care providers, on behalf of employers and employees and using the department's persuasion to settle issues quickly and cooperatively."
|More about alternative dispute-resolution services|
|Certification of dispute -- medical and rehabilitation issues|
|Administrative conferences -- medical and rehabilitation issues|
|Expedited rehabilitation conferences|
|Nonconference Decisions and Orders -- medical and rehabilitation issues|
|Mediator composite resume (DLI mediation staff)|
|New and enhanced features in 2010|
Call for additional information about the Department of Labor and Industry's mediation program: phone (651) 284-5005; toll-free 1-800-342-5354; or TTY (651) 297-4198.
In the Duluth area: phone (218) 733-7810; or toll-free 1-800-342-5354.