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This employee 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. Refer to the text of the law or call the Department of Labor and Industry's (DLI's) Alternative Dispute Resolution unit at 651-284-5032 or 800-342-5354.

State 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 (Minnesota Statutes 176.231, subd. 2).

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.

DLI has found 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 misunderstandings  turn into disputes that need to be litigated.