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    COVID-19 in the Workplace

    Date: June 10, 2020, 8:00am
    North Star SHRM
    Virtual Meeting
    No cost to North Star SHRM members and we welcome guests at no cost to attend up to 3 meetings prior to joining
    Event Type:
    Chapter Meeting
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    The target audience for this seminar is HR professionals and any business owners.  COVID-19 has affected all of us, directly or indirectly.  The Minnesota legislature has enacted legislation, which the governor signed, addressing a workers’ compensation COVID-19 presumption.  The diagnosis may also be work related, even if the employee is not covered by the presumption in Minnesota Statutes Section 176.011, Subdivision 15.

    Workers’ compensation benefits are payable to employees who contract COVID-19 arising out of and in the course of employment.   We will discuss the types of employees who are presumed to have work-related COVID-19, as well as what is involved in a workers’ compensation claim when an employee has the condition and alleges it as an occupational disease without meeting the presumption..

    Objectives are:

    • From a workers’ compensation perspective, what to do when an employee reports a positive COVID-19 test.
    • Determine if the statutory presumption applies, and if not, whether the condition arising out of and in the course of employment.
    • Learn what benefits are available to a workers’ compensation claimant with COVID-19.

    This seminar will be presented by Nicole B. Surges, Attorney, Erstad & Riemer P.A. Minneapolis, MN.   

    Nicole Surges is a shareholder with Erstad & Riemer, P.A.  She concentrates her practice in the defense of workers’ compensation matters.  She was admitted to the bar in 1990 and is admitted to practice before Minnesota State and Federal District Courts.

    Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ms. Surges earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1990.  After graduation from law school, she worked as a judicial clerk for the Honorable P. Hunter Anderson in the Tenth Judicial District of Minnesota.  She also worked as a staff attorney for the Honorable Richard C. Hefte at the Workers’ compensation Court of appeals.

    Ms. Surges also practiced as an associate with the law firm of Murnane, Conlin, White & Brandt, P.A. handling workers’ compensation and liability defense.  She joined Erstad & Riemer, P.A. in 1996.

    Nicole is a University of Minnesota volleyball season ticket holder and a big Gopher fan.  She is also an avid reader of fiction.