This guide briefly explains how current Minnesota laws apply to work-related injuries or illnesses occurring on or after Oct. 1, 1995. This is not a full description of the workers' compensation system. Please refer to the text of the law or call the Alternative Dispute Resolution unit at (651) 284-5032 or 1-800-342-5354.
Workers' compensation law requires employers to give an employee the Minnesota workers' compensation system employee information sheet at the time the employee is given a copy of the First Report of Injury form, which is filed after a workplace accident occurs.
Specifically, Minnesota Statutes 176.231, subd. 2, is states, "The employer must give the employee the Minnesota workers' compensation system employee information sheet at the time the employee is given a copy of the First Report of Injury."
The law is designed to get the information sheet into the hands of employees as quickly as possible after a workplace injury occurs. The information sheet advises injured workers of their rights and responsibilities and explains whom to call for assistance.
It has been the department's experience that many workers' compensation issues needlessly become disputes, due primarily to an initial misunderstanding or lack of communication. This information sheet can help prevent these types of occurrences and let injured workers know there are department mediators who will help resolve claim problems before any misunderstanding becomes a dispute that needs to be litigated.