The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is actively working with state and federal partners to assist businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employers can enroll in the Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. This program was developed to help Minnesota employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business, such as the slowdown caused by COVID- 19. Shared Work allows employers to supplement their employees’ lost wages because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits. With this program, employers can reduce normal weekly working hours for employees in an affected unit. Approved employees of employers that participate in the Shared Work program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. Visit https://www.uimn.org/employers/alternative-layoff/index.jsp to learn more about this program’s benefits and how to apply.
Employers affected by COVID-19 can find helpful information on the state’s news website: https://www.uimn.org/employers/employer-account/news-updates/covid-19.jsp. Also, the state will post updates on COVID-19 related items here: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/. The state will update information on both websites as more information becomes available. Please contact your representative with any questions or concerns.