Apply Now for Frontline Worker Pay!

Application period: June 8 through July 22 


Eligible workers will have 45 days to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. Applicant support will be available to assist applicants in multiple languages. 

The money set aside for this program will be split equally among all approved applicants after the 45-day application period, the 15-day appeals period and the appeals review period. 

Do you qualify? 

To be eligible for Frontline Worker Pay, you: 

  • 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 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). 

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. 

About Frontline Worker Pay 

Since the start of the pandemic, a coalition of workers, including MNA nurses, fought for frontline worker pay at the legislature. The Frontline Worker Pay bill was signed into law by Gov. Walz on April 29, 2022.  

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