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Governor Tim Walz signed a law on April 29, 2022, that will allow frontline workers to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. This was done to thank Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Frontline Worker Pay application will be open through July 22, 2022.

There are two parts covering those who are eligible to apply: work requirements and job sector.

Work requirements
Applicants are eligible if they meet the following requirements:
– Must have worked at least 120 days in MN in at least one frontline job sector between the dates of March 15, 2020, and June 20, 2021.
– For those hours worked during that time period, the applicant
– did not do telework due to the job requirements
– worked in close proximity to people during their work.
– Meet the income requirements for at least one of the 2020 or 2021 tax years:
– those who provided care directly to covid patients, must have had an adjusted gross income of less than $350,000 for married taxpayers filing together, or less than $175,000 if filing singly, and:
– those who did not work directly with covid patients, the adjusted gross income limit is $185,000 for married taxpayers or $85,000 for single taxpayers, and
– must not have received unemployment insurance benefits for more than 20 weeks in a row during March 15, 2020, and June 26, 2021.

Job sector
The following job sectors are eligible if they also meet the previous requirements:
– long-term care and home care;
– health care;
– 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.

The Frontline Worker Pay application is open through July 22, 2022.

Eligible workers will have 45 days to apply for Frontline Worker Pay at frontlinepay.mn.gov.

Go to dli.mn.gov/toolkit for additional resources, such as FAQs, informational hand-outs in multiple languages and more.

After processing and verification of the applications, as well as a 15-day period for denied applicants to appeal those decisions, the final list of eligible applicants will be determined.

Each eligible person will receive an equal payment. All applicants will go through the process at the same time, and payments will be distributed for processing at the same time.

People can also sign up to receive email updates about Frontline Worker Pay. To sign up, go to dli.mn.gov/toolkit.

The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing thanks:
James Paul Beldon for ASL talent.
Rita Van Der Puije for voiceover.
Keystone Interpreting Solutions for film production.

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