COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Unemployment and Other Resources

Minnesota UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS and COVID-19

The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can’t work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. After you apply, they will let you know if you are eligible.  For more information on COVID-19 and Unemployment benefits click here

To apply for unemployment benefits, click here.  

For more information on Minnesota Unemployment and the CARES Act click here

MN UNEMPLOYMENT: LOST WAGES ASSISTANCE (LWA)

New! Lost Wages Assistance (LWA). $300 additional unemployment benefits for workers unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic from August 1 through mid-September. To Learn more click here. 

FEMA: LOST WAGES GRANT FOR MINNESOTA

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Minnesota.  To learn more click here

FAMILY and MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA) - HR/LR Policy #1409 without forms

Overview. To provide guidelines to agencies on implementation of the federal Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the regulations thereunder (Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 29, Chapter V, Part 825). Consistent with the intent of the FMLA, state agencies will endeavor to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families in a manner that accommodates both the legitimate interests of the State and those of its employees and employees’ families. This policy applies to all employees of executive branch agencies and classified employees in the Office of Legislative Auditor, Minnesota State Retirement System, Public Employee Retirement System, and Teachers’ Retirement System.

V. COORDINATION WITH COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS/PLANS A. FMLA-qualifying leaves of absence will be identified as those authorized under collective bargaining agreements or plans, i.e., medical leave or personal leave, dependent on which leave is appropriate. B. FMLA provides for an unpaid leave under certain circumstances. Employees are required to exhaust their accrued sick leave hours for conditions which qualify for sick leave usage under the applicable labor contracts or plans. After exhausting accrued sick leave hours, the employee may choose, and the agency shall grant, the use of accrued vacation or compensatory time while taking FMLA leave. In order to use paid leave for FMLA leave, employees must comply with the terms and conditions of the agency’s normal paid leave policies. All paid time counts toward the twelve (12) weeks of FMLA qualifying leave. Employees who do not meet the requirements for taking paid leave remain entitled to take unpaid FMLA leave. C. An Appointing Authority may require an employee to comply with its usual and customary notice and procedural requirements for requesting leave, absent unusual circumstances. Failure to comply may result in the delay or the denial of the leave.  For more information on this policy, click here

Minnesota State Building Trades

The State Building Trades Council has compiled the following resources related to the Coronavirus and COVID-19. We will provide updates here as information becomes available.  The information below is reposted or provided by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.  They continue to add information to their website. For more resources, news, or updates pertaining th to COVID-19 click here.   We will continue to provide updated information on our website: https://mntrades.org/covid-19-resources/.  

Beginning June 29, 2020, all Critical Businesses including construction contractors must have developed and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in accordance with the industry guidance posted to the Stay Safe Minnesota website. (See Executive Order 20-74 here). 

 Building Trades COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plans for Building Construction Sites Fact Sheet

BUILDING TRADES COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE PLANNING CHECKLIST
Preparedeness Plan Template (DLI)
Construction Industry Preparedness Guidance (DLI) - Updated June 25, 2020
STAYSAFEMN GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION
COVID-19 and RETURN TO WORK
Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Questions and Answers
FAQS for Building Trades Union Members - updated July 13, 2020

If you need assistance with the development of your COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, contact MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation at 651-284-5060 or OSHA.compliance.statemn.us.  You can also find more information about Critical Sector exemptions and Executive Order 20-48 here

OTHER RESOURCES FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE BUILDING TRADES
PDF icon 2020-03-17 MN Construction Industry Statement, Jobsite Safety, and COVID-19
PDF icon Building Trades 2020 Session Letter
PDF icon COVID-19 Letter from MN AFL-CIO
PDF icon 2020-03-26 COVID-19 Legal WEBINAR 
PDF icon 2020-03-30 COVID-19 FAQ FOR MEMBERS

AGC OF MINNESOTA WORKPLACE SAFETY GUIDANCE - COVID-19 

PDF icon AGC OF MN RECOMMENDED PRACTICES FOR CONSTRUCTION JOBSITES
PDF icon AGC OF MN RECOMMENDED PRACTICES FOR HIGHWAY/HEAVY/UTILITY CONSTRUCTION JOBSITES

Help for contractors with obtaining mUnicipal construction inspections

The department is communicating with the construction industry and cities, counties and building officials about the need to provide timely construction inspections.

If one of your members encounters a problem obtaining a municipal inspection, we first recommend trying to resolve it with the designated building official or other municipal administrator responsible for providing services. If the building official or municipality  cannot be reached, a staff member from our Enforcement Unit is available for assistance and consultation.

For help obtaining municipal inspections, contact Wayne Gartland at 651-284-5892 or [email protected].  

CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION SUPPORT SERVICES RELATED TO COVID-19 and maintaining minicipal inspection services

Contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry before reducing services related to enforcement of the State Building Code. 

Designated Building Officials and City/County Administrators,

Some local governments have, or are considering, reducing their services. However, as the construction industry continues to build and renovate buildings, from houses to hospitals, it is important that timely inspection services are maintained.

If your city has, or is considering, reducing inspection services, you must contact us at the number below to ensure that enforcement of the State Building Code is maintained in your municipality by the designated building official. Ceasing all inspection services is not an option.

View frequently asked questions and additional information here.  If you have or are considering reducing inspection services, contact Rich Lockrem at 651-284-5868 or at [email protected].  

To help ensure the safety of works at construction jobsites, the Minnesota Construction industry has implemented specific mitigation strategies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  The League of Minnesota Cities also highlights the importance of maintaining continuation of inspections. 

Scott McLellan
Director/State Building Official
Construction Codes and Licensing Division
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry 

MINNESOTA - COVID UPDATES FROM GOVERNOR WALTZ'S OFFICE

Emergency Executive Order 20-81 - Requring Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering in Certain Settings  - July 22, 2020

Stay Safe MN Reopening Website - For Individuals & Families

Stay Safe MN Reopening Website - For Businesses & Organizations

Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan - COVID-19

Executive Orders from Governor Walz 

Executive Order 20-48 - Extending and Modifying Minnesota Stay at Home Order

Executive Order 20-74 - Required by June 29 COVID-19 Preparedness Plans Critical for Sector Businesses 

COVID-19 Preparedness PLans for Critical Sector Businesses

Governor Walz and state leaders have recognized that a more consistent approach across industries and businesses in Minnesota was important – and that workers at Critical Businesses deserve the same clarity about their employers’ plans to protect health and safety as those at non-Critical Sector businesses. To ensure that happens, Executive Order 20-74 requires that by June 29, 2020, all businesses – including Critical Businesses – fully adopt and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.  

Deed partners at the Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) and the Department of Health (MDH) have created a template COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that any business may use – it is not required, but all businesses must address a variety of components outlined in the template.  

In addition, the State of Minnesota has created industry-specific guidance for several industries that have unique work environments, may pose higher risks for potential virus transmission, or that employ more vulnerable workers, including:

To download the Preparedness Plan Requirements for Construction, click here. To download the template COVID-19 Preparedness Plan click here

If you need assistance with the development of your COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, contact MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation at 651-284-5060 or OSHA.compliance.statemn.us.  You can also find more information about Critical Sector exemptions and Executive Order 20-48 here

Source: reposted from DEED Communications [email protected],  June 17, 2020

For more information, news, and updates from Governor Walz's office click here.  

 

MN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - COVID-19 RESOURCES

PDF icon ABOUT CORONA VIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) 

COVID-19 Hotlines:

*Interpreters available.

Health questions:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Schools and child care questions:
651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For news, updates, and other resources from the MN Department of Health, click here 
or visit the Minnesota COVID-19 website

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY AND COVID-19

For news, updates, and other resources from the MN Department of Labor and Industry, click here

NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

The North Dakota Job Service program is now able to accept online claims from independent contractors, gig economy workers, self-employed individuals, and workers who may have exhausted the benefits available to them under the regular Unemployment Insurance system.  

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. After you apply, they will let you know if you are eligible.  For more information or to apply for unemployment benefits, click here

For more information on the CARES act and North Dakota Unemployment click here

FEMA: LOST WAGES GRANT FOR NORTH DAKOTA

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for North Dakota. To learn more click here. 

NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT AND COVID-19 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PDF icon 2020-MAR-13 NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND COVID-19
PDF icon 2020-APR-01 NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND COVID-19
PDF icon 2020-APR-02 NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND COVID-19

NORTH DAKOTA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND OTHER RESOURCES

The NDDoH is closely monitoring developments around the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact North Dakota communities and its citizens, below is important information pertaining to both state and federal resources.

Questions? Call the North Dakota Department of Health - Health Hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week or for more information click here.  Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.

For news and updates from the ND Department of health regarding the Coronavirus click here or download the North Dakota Care 19 App

NORTH DAKOTA - COVID UPDATES FROM GOVERNOR BURGUM'S OFFICE

FEMA Approves North Dakota's participation in lost wages assistance program - Sept 1, 2020

ND TO PARTICIPATE IN LOST WAGES ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - AUGUST 26, 2020

Executive Order 2020-38 - July 15, 2020

Standards for all Industries - ND Response - July 07, 2020

Governor Burgum's ND Smart Restart Plan - April 29, 2020

Amended Executive Order 2020-06.30 - amended April 29, 2020

Executive Order 2020-06.3

Executive Orders from Governor Burgum's Office

For more information, news, and updates, click here or visit NDResponse.gov.

South Dakota REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE and COVID-19

The Reemployment Assistance (RA) program provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Workers who become unemployed because their employer needs to temporarily shut down or isolate workers due to COVID-19 might be eligible to receive benefits. Many variables can affect a worker’s eligibility and an employer’s liability for benefits. The Department of Labor and Regulation examines each case on an individual basis and makes determinations in accordance with the law.  For more information on eligibility or to apply for unemployment benefits, click here

COVID-19 SD REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILTY DETERMINATIONS

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND REGULATION - COVID-19 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation continues to monitor the emergence of the novel coronavirus. They are working with the CDC and healthcare partners across the state to prepare for and respond to potential cases. For more information or a list of additional resources click here

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - COVID-19 RESOURCES

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. They are working with the CDC and our healthcare partners across the state to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.  

SOUTH DAKOTA - COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE

Questions? Call the South Dakota COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-997-2880

SOUTH DAKOTA - FARM AND RURAL STRESS HOTLINE

Questions? Call the Farm and Rural Stress Hotline at 1-800-691-4336.  It's free, confidential, and available 24/7!

For more more information, news, and resources click here or download the South Dakota Care 19 App

SOUTH DAKOTA - GOVERNOR NOEM'S SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND

Governor Noem's Small Business Relief Fund is now available to South Dakota businesses that need assistance.  To learn more click here

Questions about this SBA loan program or other assistance at the state-level? Call 605-773-4633. For more information, news, and guidance related to COVID-19's impact on South Dakota click here or download the South Dakota Care 19 App

SOUTH DAKOTA - COVID UPDATES FROM GOVERNOR NOEM'S OFFICE

Governor Noem's Executive Order - May 1, 2020

South Dakota's Back to Normal Plan - updated July 2020

Governor Noem's Plan de Dakota del Sur para retornar a la noralidad - April 28, 2020

Governor Noem's Executive Order - Guidelines

South Dakota Executive Order -  April 16, 2020

South Dakota - Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Executive Order

For more information, news, and updates from Governor Noem's Office, click here.  

OTHER RESOURCES

MINNESOTA COVID-19 WEBSITE

For more information and updates, click here.  

NORTH DAKOTA COVID-19 WEBSITE

For more information and updates, click here.  

NORTH DAKOTA CARE19 APP

For more information and updates, click here.  

SOUTH DAKOTA COVID-19 WEBSITE

For more information and updates, click here. 

SOUTH DAKOTA CARE19 APP

For more information and updates, click here.  

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION - COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic.  To learn more about COVID-19 click here.  For news, information, and situation updates from the CDC regarding the Coronavirus click here.  

Department of Labor covid-19 WEBSITE

TRAVEL

The CDC maintains that avoiding unnecessary travel is one of the most effective ways to prevent coronavirus exposure, but many Americans are required to travel for business or family concerns. Although flight costs are generally more affordable, there are many concerns about the clinical safety of airports at this time.  Million Mile Secrets recently created a resource that breaks down steps many airports are taking to reduce exposure risk for travelers, along with how readers can be prepared to navigate those changes.  For a complete review of this guide click the link below. 

Traveling By AIr Helpful Tips 

FFCRA AND CARES ACT
PDF icon Summary of FFCRA and CARES Act

AFL-CIO Resource page for individual states - COVID-19

For more information and updates, click here.  

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (OSHA) and COVID-19

For more information, news, updates, or industry specific guidance click here

Questions? Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

FEMA - LOST WAGES ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for North Dakota - August 31, 2020

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Minnesota - August 29, 2020

Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance Guidelines 

Lost Wages Assistance Approved States 

APPLY FOR A RECOVERY LOAN FROM BTCU!
PDF icon BUILDING TRADES CREDIT UNION - APPLY FOR A RECOVERY LOAN 

For more information or to apply for a loan, click here. 

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

The SBA provides economic injury distaster loan assistance to help businesses and homeowners recover from disasters.  For more information, eligibility, or to apply for a loan online, click here.   To apply by U.S. mail, click here

To check the status of an existing application, click here