Significant dates in Minnesota workers’ compensation can be found below and are grouped based on type of benefit.

TTD/TPD/PTD

Date Change Minn. Statute
10-1-2013 For injuries on or after, escalation deferred to the third anniversary. Max escalation 3%. No adjustment <0% 176.645
10-1-2008 TTD limited to 130 weeks except when approved retraining is in place. 176.101 (1)
10-1-2000 Retraining filing requirements increased from 104 to 156 weeks. 176.102 (11c)
10-1-1995 TTD limited to 104 weeks except when approved retraining is in place. 176.101 (1)
  For injuries on or after, escalation deferred to the fourth anniversary. Max escalation 2%. 176.645
  Retraining claim must be filed before 104 weeks of TTD/TPD paid. 176.102 (11c)
  Employee presumed retired at age 67 (rebuttable.) 176.101 (4)
  PTD requirement tied to employee's PPD and age. 176.101 (5)
10-1-1992 TPD not to exceed 225 weeks (or 450 weeks after injury.) 176.101 (2)
  For injuries on or after, first escalation deferred to the second anniversary. Max escalation 4%. 176.645
  Minor must be PTD to receive max TTD. 176.101 (6)
1-1-1984 TTD until 90 days after MMI or retraining. 176.101 (3)
10-1-1981 Escalation of benefits made on anniversary date of DOI. 176.645
10-1-1977 TPD unlimited. 176.101
8-1-1975 TTD unlimited. 176.101
  Escalation of benefits on 10/1 each year. Max escalation 6%. 176.645


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PPD

  • Minnesota Statute 176.101
  • See PPD Calc
Date Change
10-1-2000 "New" PPD schedule effective. See PPD Schedule.
  Employee may request PPD in lump sum. Present value calculation allowed. See PPD Calc - Amount.
10-1-1995 PPD payable weekly. Two-tier system repealed. See PPD Schedule.
7-1-1993 "New" PPD Schedule effective.
1-1-1984 Two-tier permanency (IC and ERC) scheduled established. See IC Schedule and ERC Schedule.


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Dependency Benefits

  • Minnesota Statute 176.111
  • Dependency benefits are governed by the law in effect on the date of death; however, the date of injury governs the AWW and the date annual escalation takes place.
Date Change
4-28-2000 Fatality without dependents requires payment of $60,000 to employee's estate.
  Minimum dependency compensation of $60,000.
  Max burial expenses increased to $15,000.
10-1-1992 Max burial expenses increased to $7,500.
10-1-1983 Dependency to surviving spouse payable as weekly benefits only (no option for lump sum.)
  Remarriage no longer results in termination of spouse's dependency benefits.
  Max burial expenses increased from $1,000 to $2,500.
7-1-1981 Dependency to surviving spouse limited to 10 years (lump sum or weekly with escalation after last child no longer dependent.)
  If remarries, spouse gets the lesser of two year lump sum of remaining weekly benefits.
  For single households, social security offset computed only once for spouse and dependent children.
8-1-1975 No limit on dependency benefits to surviving spouse except remarriage.
  For single households, social security offset on dependency benefits computed only on children's portion.
  If remarried, spouse gets lump sum of two more years of compensation.


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Medical/Rehabilitation

Date Change Minn. Statute
5-28-2011 Home modification benefits increased to max $75,000. 176.137
1-4-1995 Permanent Treatment Parameters adopted. 176.1351
12-1-1993 IME fee schedule adopted. 176.136
  Managed Care Rules adopted. 176.1351
10-1-1992 Home modification benefits up to max $60,000. 176.137
10-1-1977 Home modification benefits up to max $30,000. 176.137
6-8-1972 Chiropractic care allowed as medical care. 176.135



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SIF/SCF

  • See Supplemental Benefits rates
Date Change Minn. Statute
10-1-1995 Supplemental benefits repealed for injuries on or after. 176.101
7-1-1992 Second Injury Fund reimbursement repealed for injuries on or after this date. 176.129
7-1-1987 Second Injury Fund cased apportionable. 176.129
10-1-1983 Requirements for supplemental benefits are 208 weeks total disability or disability 4 years post injury. 176.132
8-1-1974 Requirements for supplemental benefits are 104 weeks total disability of disability 4 years post injury. 176.132
9-1-1971 End of Special Fund automatic registration of physical impairments. 176.129
  SCF indemnity deductible increased from 26 weeks to 52 weeks. 176.129


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Other

Date Change Minn. Statute
10-1-2013 Attorney's fees maximum increased to $26,000. 176.081 (1)
1-1-1996 WCRA adds third retention limit. 79.34-40
7-1-1995 Equitable apportionment no longer allowed, except by agreement, by arbitration or for occupational diseases. 176.191
7-1-1992 Attorneys' fees maximum increased from $6,500 to $13,000. 176.081 (1)
10-1-1979 WCRA created. 79.34-49


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