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Minnesota

COUSINEAU, WALDHAUSER & KIESELBACH, P.A.

  651-393-5861

Minn. Stat. § 176.101, Subd. 1(c) was recently amended to include a change to the minimum compensation rate structure/formula. Over the last several years, the minimum compensation rate has consistently been $130.00 or the Employee’s actual weekly wage, whichever is less.

However, starting with injuries occurring on or after October 1, 2021, the minimum compensation rate will be equal to one of the following, whichever is less:

  • 20% of the maximum weekly compensation rate

OR

  • The Employee’s actual weekly wage

The maximum compensation rate for injuries on or after October 1, 2021 is $1,256.64. Therefore, for injuries on or after October 1, 2021, the minimum compensation rate will total $251.33 (instead of the previous $130.00).

The following bullet points outline the basic rate calculations.

  • If the AWW is less than $251.33

    • The Compensation Rate is the AWW

  • If the AWW is $251.33 to $377.00

    • The Compensation Rate is $251.33 (i.e., the Minimum Compensation Rate applies)

  • If the AWW is greater than $377.00

    • The Compensation Rate is 2/3 of the AWW

EXAMPLES

  • If an Employee's AWW is $200.00, the Compensation Rate would be $200.00

  • If an Employee's AWW is $300.00, the Compensation Rate would be $251.33

  • If an Employee's AWW is $400.00, the Compensation Rate would be $266.67 (which is 2/3 of $400.00) 

For additional information, please see the resources page on our website for an updated Minnesota Workers' Compensation Reference Sheet, including compensation rates and other helpful benefit information. Thank you to Attorney Parker Olson for continuing to update that reference sheet.