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HR & Unemployment Resources

  • County HR Questions & Answers
    Updated March 23, 2020
  • CDC Interim Guidance for  Businesses and Employers
    Includes the recommended strategy to separate employees who appear to have acute respiratory symptoms from other employees, and then send them home  immediately.
  • OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
    Includes encouraging employees to self-monitor, recommendation to isolate  potentially infectious people until they can be removed from the worksite. Implementing workplace controls:  engineering controls,  administrative controls, safe work practices, and details about Personal  Protective Equipment (PPE). Classifying jobs as low-medium-high-very high risk, and which workplace controls to use to protect workers in each category.
  • League of Minnesota Cities: Pandemic Planning Guidance for Cities
    Checklist items for Phases 1-2-3 in addressing a pandemic. Issues you may want to communicate to employees about sick leave policies,  feeling ill, supervisory authority to send ill employees home. Consideration for providing special, extended, paid leave only available after exhausting all available leaves and only during a pandemic. Consideration for continuing the employer’s share of health insurance.
  • MMB HR/LR Policy #1437,  Emergency Closure of States Agency Facilities
    Gives you an idea of the state’s procedures, standards, and expectations  for its workers.
  • Don’t forget about your own Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) resources. 
    They can help your employees
    and family members who may face secondary issues in the wake of a potential exposure.
  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits
    The Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can’t work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644

    • Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090;

    • TTY users: 1-866-814-1252

  • MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)