Thanks to the passage of legislation last week providing $500 million for bonus checks for frontline workers, the state has set up a website to provide updates and information about the next steps.
While the legislation was signed into law by Governor Walz, questions remain about the application process and the timeline. As work continues to finalize these details, it’s important that eligible Minnesotans are aware of what they need to do to make sure they get the bonus pay they deserve.
To find out if you are eligible, stay updated on these next steps, and to ensure that you receive up to $750 in bonus pay, please go to https://frontlinepay.mn.gov/.
To be eligible for Frontline Worker Pay, the applicant:
- must have been employed at least 120 hours in Minnesota in one or more frontline sectors between March 15, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
- for the hours worked during this time period the applicant –
- was not able to telework due to the nature of the individual’s work and
- worked in close proximity to people outside of the individual’s household;
- must meet the income requirements for at least one year between Dec. 31, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2022 –
- workers with direct COVID-19 patient care responsibilities must have had an adjusted gross income of less than $350,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly, or less than $175,000 for other filers and
- for workers in occupations without direct COVID-19 patient care responsibilities, the adjusted gross income limit is $185,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly, or $85,000 for other filers; and
- must not have received an unemployment insurance benefit payment or serve a nonpayable week for more than 20 weeks on a cumulative basis for weeks between March 15, 2020, and June 26, 2021 (Minnesota Statutes, section 268.085, subdivision 1, clause 6).
The frontline sectors include:
- 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.
Our office will continue to send updates as these next steps are finalized, but the best way to stay up do date is to sign up here: https://frontlinepay.mn.gov/.