Frontline Heroes
Frontline Heroes

$500 million rewards for frontline heroes in the fight against Corona in the United States, where hundreds of thousands of workers who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota can sign up for a $500 million check package.

Minnesota labor officials expect to receive bonus disbursement requests from 667,000 people in 15 industries, including health care workers, teachers, doormen and grocery store employees. The door for receiving applications will be open for 45 days, specifically until July 22.

Governor Tim Walz said he made the final decision to launch a frontline employee rewards program as planned after reviewing relevant regulations and laws.
The German Football Association Governor also expressed his "high confidence" that the program will be successful, but he said that there is no need to apply immediately because it is not a first-come-first-served program. Rather, they are rewards that will be paid out even to those who are late in applying, as officials feel the importance of the risks that front-line workers have made and the great sacrifices in serving the people.

"We have 45 days to receive applications from all eligible people, we need to do that," Walz told reporters in St. Paul.
"If there are some glitches in the early hours, you can rest assured that we are ready to deal with that, and we have the next 44 days to register everyone."

A website was also created to register requests. Walz said that a Somali translation of the site was added on Tuesday morning to enable Somali workers to obtain rewards, after adding other languages ​​in the previous days.

. James Hunerman, a spokesman for the agency, said officials at the state's Department of Labor and Industry plan to make payments to eligible workers in the early fall.


How much is the MN frontline worker bonus?

The size of the checks will depend on the number of people who apply. If 667,000 people signed up, the payments would be $750 per person. If fewer people apply, the checks will be larger, even though state law mandates them $1,500.

The person must have worked at least 120 hours in an industry in which workers came into direct contact with people during the first 15 months of the pandemic. The benefits are not entitled to anyone who has received more than 20 weeks of unemployment benefits.

There are also income limits: $85,000 for a single applicant and $185,000 for a married couple. Income limits increase if a worker interacts with patients infected with the COVID virus.

Employers in the relevant 15 sectors are required to notify employees that they are eligible and how to apply.
Independent contractors, sole proprietorships, and volunteers are not eligible for this additional pay.

Frontline workers in Minnesota can soon apply for overtime
Hundreds of thousands of workers who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota can sign up for an additional $500 million worth of checks starting Wednesday.

Notably, American workers have waited a year since lawmakers first agreed to pay a bonus. front lines. But the divided legislature argued for months about who qualifies and how much the checks should be.
In the end, they settled on $500 million as part of a broader deal this spring.