Minnesota Employers – Are Your Employees Eligible for Hero Pay? If So, Your Notice Deadline is Approaching

The Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Law (also known as the “hero pay” law) recently went into effect.  The law allows workers in covered industries to apply for a one-time, state-funded bonus of up to $1,500 related to their continued work during the pandemic. 

One of the requirements of the law is for employers in affected industries to provide notice to their employees.  The types of employers covered by the law are as follows:

  • Long-term care and home care;
  • Healthcare;
  • Emergency responders;
  • Public health, social service, and regulatory service;
  • Courts and corrections;
  • Child care;
  • 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.

Minnesota employers in these fields must provide notice to their employees by Thursday, June 23, 2022.  Copies of notice forms can be found here.  The notice must be provided using the same means the employer uses to provide other work-related notices to employees, such as posting in a work area or through electronic delivery.  More details on the program are available here and here

Contact the employment attorneys at myHRcounsel if you have any questions on the Minnesota hero pay program or the notice process.