Police benefit study
During the 2022 session, the Minnesota Legislature passed Senate File 1547, a bill requiring the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to complete a study of police disability benefit adequacy with the assistance of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). DLI has partnered with researchers at the Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota to work on completing the study by the designated due date, Jan. 15, 2023.
The required study must consider workers' compensation benefits and duty disability and retirement benefits from the PERA Police and Fire plan and the adequacy of these benefits for Minnesota police officers.
Public hearing Dec. 1, 2022
DLI hosted a public hearing Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, 10 a.m. to noon, via Webex. The public hearing was part of the legislatively mandated study required by Laws of Minnesota 2022, chapter 65, article 7, that DLI is collaborating on with a research staff at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
The public hearing focused on the preliminary findings of the study from the University of Minnesota's research staff. The hearing also provided an opportunity for interested parties to comment about the study before the final completion of a report.
Interested parties could attend the hearing via Webex. Those who were interested in speaking during the comment portion of the hearing completed and returned the open forum request form below by 10 a.m., Nov. 30, 2022.
For more information about the public hearing or to submit your open forum request form, email Deb Jevne at email@example.com.
Researchers seeking police officers for interviews
Researchers would like to interview police officers and deputy sheriffs (or their relatives) who were injured in the line of duty between 2004 and 2019, and have received workers' compensation or Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) benefits.
Additional information, updates
Submit post-hearing comments to DLI at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be provided to the University of Minnesota research staff for review and consideration in the final report.
For additional information about the study, contact Ethan Landy, DLI Office of General Counsel, at email@example.com or 651-284-5006.
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