Minnesota Employers Take Heed: Frontline Worker Pay Notice Deadline Quickly Approaching
On April 29, 2022, to thank Minnesotans who kept vital businesses running during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz signed the Frontline Worker Payments law. The law allows eligible workers in one of 15 different frontline sectors to apply to receive an estimated $750.00 payment.
These sectors include:
- long-term care and home care;
- health care;
- emergency responders;
- public health, social service, and regulatory service;
- courts and corrections;
- schools, including charter schools, state schools and higher education;
- food service, including production, processing, preparation, sale, and delivery;
- retail, including sales, fulfillment, distribution, and delivery;
- temporary shelters and hotels;
- building services, including maintenance, janitorial, and security;
- public transit;
- ground and air transportation services;
- manufacturing; and
- vocational rehabilitation.
Employers in one of the above-delineated frontline sectors must provide all current, potentially eligible workers with notice of the Frontline Worker Pay law by June 23, 2022. The Minnesota Department of Labor has created a sample employer notice which can be found here. The notice must be posted at each worksite where workers work and in a conspicuous place that can be easily accessed by all workers, such as a break room or in a location where other work-related notices are posted. Notices can also be distributed in paper or electronic copies.
The Department of Labor has also created a helpful FAQ document which can be found here.