Frontline Worker pay FAQ
What industries are eligible?
- 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
What situation did you have to work in?
To qualify, a worker needed to do the following:
- Worked for 120 hours in Minnesota in one or more frontline sectors between March 15, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
- Were not able to telework due to the nature of the work.
- Had to work in close proximity to individuals outside of the individual’s household
- Meet income requirements (below)
- Did not receive 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.
Is there an income limit?
There are income limits.
If an individual worked directly with COVID-19 patient care responsibilities, married couples filing a joint return may make up to $350,000 or for all other filers, up to $185,000.
For all other filers the limit is $185,000 for married couples filing jointly, or $85,000 for all other filers.