176.541 STATE DEPARTMENTS.
Subdivision 1. Application of chapter to state employees.
This chapter applies to the
employees of any department of this state.
Subd. 2. Defense of claim against state.
When the commissioner of employee relations
believes that a claim against the state for compensation should be contested, the commissioner
shall defend the state claim.
Subd. 3. Duties of attorney general.
At any stage in such a compensation proceeding,
the attorney general may assume the duty of defending the state. When the commissioner of
employee relations or a department of this state requests the attorney general to assume the
defense, the attorney general shall do so.
Subd. 4. Medical examination of employee; witnesses; conduct of defense.
a defense against a claim for compensation, the commissioner of the Department of Employee
Relations or the attorney general, as the case may be, may require that an employee submit to a
medical examination, procure the attendance of expert and other witnesses at a hearing, and do
any other act necessary to conduct a proper defense.
Subd. 5. Expenses of conducting defense.
The expenses of conducting a defense shall be
charged to the department which employs the employee involved. These expenses shall be paid
from the state compensation revolving fund.
Subd. 6. Legal and clerical help.
The commissioner of employee relations may employ such
legal and clerical help as authorized by the Department of Administration. The salaries of these
persons shall be paid from the state compensation revolving fund, but shall be apportioned among
the several departments of the state in relation to the amount of compensation paid to employees of
any department as against the total amount of compensation paid to employees of all departments.
Subd. 7. Historical Society as state department.
For the purposes of workers' compensation
as provided by this chapter, the Minnesota Historical Society is a state department and such
chapter applies to its employees the same as it applies to employees of any department of the
Subd. 8. State may insure.
The state of Minnesota may elect to insure its liability under
the workers' compensation law for persons employed under the federal Emergency Employment
Act of 1971, as amended, and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973, as
amended, with an insurer properly licensed in Minnesota.
History: 1953 c 755 s 71; 1967 c 8 s 1; 1971 c 422 s 10; 1973 c 388 s 130-133; 1975 c 2 s 2;
1975 c 359 s 23; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 332 s 100-103