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Workers' Compensation Advisory Council

The Workers' Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) was created in 1992 by Minnesota Statutes 175.007 as a permanent council to address issues and recommend legislation pertaining to workers' compensation. The WCAC consists of 12 voting members (six representing organized labor and six representing Minnesota businesses), 10 of which are appointed by the governor, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, and by the speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives. The other two members are the presidents of the largest statewide Minnesota business organization and the largest organized labor association. In addition, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and the speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint a caucus member as a liaison to the council. The WCAC chairperson is the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industsry (DLI), Ken Peterson, and is a nonvoting member. The WCAC executive director is Chris Leifeld, the assistant commissioner of the department.

The WCAC advises the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry about matters of workers' compensation and submits its recommendations for proposed changes to the workers' compensation statutes to the proper legislative committees. The WCAC's recommendations must be supported by a majority of business and labor members.

By statute, the department supplies all required administrative support to the WCAC.

The WCAC generally meets on the second Wednesday of even-numbered months from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., although this schedule is subject to change. Meetings are in the Minnesota Room at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. See the tentative meeting schedule below. Some members may participate by telephone. If so, members of the public may also monitor the meeting electronically by telephone. For more information or to be added to the email list for meeting notices, contact Patricia Rutz at patricia.rutz@state.mn.us or (651) 284-5235. People on the email list for meeting notices may also receive periodic updates from the department about workers' compensation activities.

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WCAC schedule, agendas, minutes
Dec. 12, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 10, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Aug. 8, 2018
Agenda Minutes
June 13, 2018
Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 2, 2018 Agenda Minutes

April 11, 2018

Agenda Minutes
March 21, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 24, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Dec. 13, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 8, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 11, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 22, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 11, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Dec. 7, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 4, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 24, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Dec. 9, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
April 8, 2015 Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 19, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 11, 2014 Agenda Minutes

March 12, 2014

Agenda Minutes;
WCRI presentation
Jan. 8, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 9, 2013 Agenda Minutes
June 19, 2013 Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2013 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 13, 2013 Agenda Minutes


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