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 or to apply for unemployment benefits, 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

PDF icon2020-03-17 MN Construction Industry Statement, Jobsite Safety, and COVID-19
PDF iconBuilding Trades 2020 Session Letter
PDF iconCOVID-19 Letter from MN AFL-CIO
PDF icon2020-03-26 COVID-19 Legal WEBINAR 
PDF icon2020-03-30 COVID-19 FAQ FOR MEMBERS

AGC OF MINNESOTA WORKPLACE SAFETY GUIDANCE - COVID-19 

PDF iconAGC OF MN RECOMMENDED PRACTICES FOR CONSTRUCTION JOBSITES
PDF iconAGC 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 

MN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - COVID-19 RESOURCES

PDF iconABOUT CORONA VIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) 

COVID-19 Hotlines:

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

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

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 Health (SDDOH) 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.

Questions? Call the South Dakota COVID-19  Information Line at 1-800-9997-2880.  For more more information, news, and resources click here

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

North Dakota Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions
PDF icon 24MAR2020 - Frequently Asked Questions for North Dakota Unemployment

NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

PDF icon2020-Mar-13 North Dakota Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19
PDF icon2020-APR-01 NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND COVID-19

NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND OTHER RESOURCES

To apply for individual benefits in North Dakota, click here

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION - COVID-19

 For news and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus click here. 

OTHER RESOURCES

MINNESOTA COVID-19 WEBSITE

For more information and updates, click here.  

MINNESOTA - COVID UPDATES FROM THE GOVERNOR's OFFICE

For more information and updates, click here.  

FFCRA AND CARES ACT

PDF iconSummary of FFCRA and CARES Act

FINANCIAL
PDF iconBUILDING TRADES CREDIT UNION - APPLY FOR A RECOVERY LOAN 

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