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Reporting of Claim by Employer SDCL 62-6-2

An employer who has knowledge of an injury that requires medical treatment other than minor first aid or that incapacitates the employee for seven or more calendar days must file a written report with The Department of Labor when the employer is self-insured or the employer's insurer.

The report must be filed within seven calendar days, not counting Sundays and legal holidays, after the employer has knowledge of the injury, unless the employer had good cause for failing to file the written report within the seven-day period.

Record Retention SDCL 62-6-1

Every employer coming under the provisions of this title shall keep a record of all injuries, fatal or otherwise, sustained by the employer's employees in the course of their employment. The employer shall preserve the record for a period of at least four years from the date of injury. The record shall be signed by the employer and a copy given to the injured employee. Any employer who fails to complete or maintain the injury records required by this section is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.