COVID-19 & Minnesota’s Preparedness Plan

By June 19, 2020COVID-19

Minnesota requires businesses to adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This plan will explain the policies, practices, and conditions that the business will take to protect the health and safety of their workers and customers. To ensure the health and safety of workers and customers, the governor issued Executive Order 20-74, which requires that all businesses – including critical businesses – fully adopt and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, 2020. The Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) and the Department of Health (MDH) created a template COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Employers are not required to utilize this template, but all businesses must address a variety of components outlined in the template.

Furthermore, Minnesota created industry-specific guidance for several industries that have unique work environments, may pose higher risks for potential virus transmission:

For other industries, the General Guidance for All Businesses should be sufficient for developing a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Minnesota OSHA is also prepared to assist any business with the development of their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans. Please contact MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation at (651) 284-5060 or More information about Critical Sector exemptions and Executive Order 20-48 here.


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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