COVID-19 & Returning to Work in Minnesota

By April 28, 2020May 1st, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

Returning to Work:

Minnesota’s governor reviewed a framework to safely reopen a variety of workplaces and subsequently issued Executive Order 20-40. This order outlines a plan to reopen businesses with associates in a non-critical sector such as industrial, manufacturing, and office-based businesses (non-customer facing).

Currently, 2.6 million individuals are working in the state. Executive Order 20-40 will allow around 20,000 businesses and roughly 80,000 to 100,000 workers to return to work on April 27, 2020.

Executive Order 20-40:

Through this order, the state requests that employers engage in the below actions.

  1. Create and share a COVID-19 preparedness plan that explains the actions employers are taking to ensure social distancing and workplace safety. The Department of Labor crafted a template plan, which is an optional, but helpful resource, for employers to use as they reopen.
  2. Engage in health screening daily.
  3. Use telework if possible.

Recorded webinars and more information on this order can be found here: For more information about the order, including what it means for businesses and workers and a number of FAQs and additional information, employers can visit the state’s COVID-19 webpage:


Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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