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Program: Employment Opportunities and Information

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 67370726
Returning to Work Information:

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry provides information and guidelines for workers and the public, businesses, safety and health at work, and workers' compensation. Specific information related to worker protections related to COVID-19 can be found here.

DEED has provided guidance for how businesses can resume operations and the safety protocols they are advised to have in place, which can be found here.

What happens to workers who don't want to return to work for fear of contracting the virus?
Currently, those on unemployment benefits who are offered their jobs back but don't want to go for fear of catching COVID-19 will no longer be eligible to receive benefits.
Every time an individual requests benefits, they are asked if they've refused an offer of suitable employment, and if they have and don't tell the truth, they'll be responsible for repaying any money they received, and could be subject of collection efforts. So if someone says they have the chance of returning to work but don't want to as they get paid more on unemployment, that likely means they are no longer eligible for it. Furthermore, employers have the right to fire any employees who don't want to return to work. 
But there are exemptions for at-risk workers, parents. Workers who have underlying health conditions, such as the immunocompromised, are still being told to stay home, and can miss work without it affecting their unemployment benefits. This is also the case for those who have to look after their children due to the cancellation of school or daycare, provided they can show they've made reasonable efforts to find suitable care. Individuals can also continue to get unemployment insurance if their employer tells them to stay at home and not work because there's been an outbreak of COVID-19 at the place of work.

Individuals should still stay home if you're sick: Businesses should require any workers who are ill to stay home to prevent possible spread to other employees.

Businesses must put protections in place: The State of Minnesota says that every business that reopens must produce a Preparedness Plan that sets out the company's infection prevention measures, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, efforts to identify and isolate sick employees, and implement social distancing for workers. Non-essential retail businesses are for now only allowed to operate at 50 percent of their maximum legal occupancy for their premises. Businesses are being told to follow safe work guidelines from the Department of Health, and the federal CDC and OSHA. And the state is calling on businesses to be flexible with its sick leave policies, for example not requiring a doctor's note for anyone suffering respiratory symptoms, and are also being encouraged to allow workers to stay home to care for sick family members.
Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.

And there are protections for people who feel unsafe at work: The executive orders issued by Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday included one that protects workers from retaliation if they're not happy with the safety measures in place at their place of employment.
This states the following: 
  • 1. Employers must not discriminate or retaliate in any way against a worker communicating orally or in writing with management personnel about occupational safety or health matters related to COVID19, including asking questions or expressing concerns.
  • 2. Employers must not discriminate or retaliate in any way against any worker for wearing gloves, a cloth face covering, eye protection, or other protective gear which the worker has personally procured and reasonably believes will protect them, their coworkers or the public against COVID-19 in the course of their work, provided it doesn't violate industry standards or employer policies.
  • 3. Workers have the right to refuse to work under conditions that they, in good faith, reasonably believe present an imminent danger of death or serious physical harm. This includes a reasonable belief that they have been assigned to work in an unsafe or unhealthful manner with an infectious agent such as COVID-19. Employers must not discriminate or retaliate in any way against a worker for the worker’s good faith refusal to perform assigned tasks if the worker has asked the employer to correct the hazardous conditions but they remain uncorrected. Infractions should be reported to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). Employees may contact MNOSHA Compliance anonymously to request assistance. MNOSHA Compliance will contact the employer to try to resolve the employee's concern. If MNOSHA determines the employee would have been placed in imminent danger of death or serious harm by performing the work, then the employee is entitled to receive pay for the work they would have performed. Contact MNOSHA Compliance at osha.compliance@state.mn.us or (651)284-5050 or (877)470-6742. Customers and relatives/friends of the employee need to call the Attorney General's Office (651)296-3353 (Twin Cities) (800)657-3787 (outside Twin Cities) or visit the website to file a COVID-19 Complaint Form and law enforcement will be dispatched the employer's location.
  • 4. Workers and authorized representatives of workers have the right to request that DLI conduct an inspection of their workplace if they believe that a violation of a safety or health standard that threatens physical harm exists or that an imminent danger exists. Employers can't retaliate against them for this.
Find more information here.

Community Career Labs

Ramsey County provides careers labs for job seekers impacted by COVID-19. Sessions are by appointment only and available at various locations, including Ramsey County libraries. Click here to make a reservation or call (651)266-8500. To schedule an appointment at a library, call (651)793-1699.

Employment Opportunities:

ACR Homes:
Hiring for entry-level direct care professionals. Apply online.

AgHires: Agriculture and farming positions. Apply here.

Aldi: Hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal. Click here to find jobs.

Allianz: Click here to explore jobs

Allina: Hiring nurses. Click here to search jobs.

Amazon: Hiring full-time and part-time roles in warehouse, shoppers and delivery services nationwide. Click here for additional information.

American Security: Hiring part-time security guards. Search for jobs here.

AugustanaCare: View career opportunities here.

BridgesMN: Disability service jobs. View job opportunities here

CareerForce: Search job openings across Minnesota, click here for additional information

College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors: Hiring full-time and part-time nannies and professional sitters, click here for opportunities

Cub Foods: Click here for jobs

CVS: Hiring full-time, part-time, and temporary positions nationwide. Click here for additional information.

Direct Support Connect: Job board for direct support workers, such as PCAs and the people who hire them. Click here to register as a direct support worker.

Dollar Tree: Hiring for full and part-time positions. Click here to search and apply.

Domino's Pizza: View jobs here

Ecumen: View job listings here

Fabcon: Hiring for production and yard laborers. View employment opportunities here.

Fairview: Has several openings for medical professionals. Click here to find careers.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: View job postings here

FedEx Ground: Hiring package handlers. Click here for job opportunities

The Goodman Group: View job listings here

The Home Depot: Hiring seasonal associates. Search jobs here.

Hormel Foods: View jobs here

Hy-Vee: Hiring temporary hourly employees to help restock stores and serve customers. Click here to search through jobs.

Indrotec: Hiring medical assemblers and machine operators. Job search here.

Instacart: Hiring thousands of workers to meet the demand for grocery deliveries. Click here for additional information.

Kowalski's Markets: Click here for job openings

Living Well Disability Services: View current positions here

Long Term Care Group: Hiring call center representatives. View jobs here.

Lotus Technical: Hiring for warehouse workers. View current openings here.

Lunds & Byerlys: Click here to search jobs

Lyft: Hiring drivers, individuals use their own vehicles. Click here for eligibility requirements.

Marsden Building Maintenance: Hiring part-time janitorial staff. View jobs here.

Mary T Inc.: View job listings here.

Mediacom: View careers here

Meridian Blue Construction: Hiring tower climbers for cellular installations. View current openings here.

Millerbernd Manufacturing Company: Hiring welders, machine and production operators. View open positions here.

Minco: Hiring full time assemblers. View job listings here.

Minnesota Department of Corrections: Hiring Corrections Officers. Click here for current openings.

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs: Hiring Certified Nursing Assistants and Resident Assistants. Apply here.

Minnesota IT Services: Connect Minnesotans to services they need, click here to find careers

MinnesotaWorks.Net: Online job bank, click here to find jobs​

New Perspective: Find jobs here

Northeast Residence: View current job listings here

Northstar Behavioral Health: View employment opportunities here

Papa John's: Apply here

Post Consumer Brands: Search jobs here

Randstad: Job search here

Residential Transitions Incorporated: Hiring mental health workers. View current openings here.

Securitas: Search jobs here

Soldier Delivery: Browse jobs here

Target: Apply here

Thomas Allen Person Centered Services: Hiring support professionals, care coordinators and case managers. View careers here.

Transit Team Inc: Hiring drivers, reservationists and mechanics. Apply here.

Uber: Hiring drivers, individuals use their own vehicles. Click here for eligibility requirements.

U.S. Bank: Search and apply here

U.S. Infrastructure Company: View open jobs here

U.S. Post Office: Search jobs here

Volunteers of America: View careers here

Walgreens: Search jobs here

Walmart: Hiring full-time, part-time and temporary positions at its distribution and fulfillment centers nationwide. Click here for additional information.

Walters Recycling and Refuse: Hiring drivers. View job listings here.

Free Online Learning Courses for Unemployed Workers

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is partnering with Coursera, an online learning platform, to offer free courses to Minnesotans. The partnership is through the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative, which aims to provide unemployed workers with online courses. DEED is working with Coursera to create accounts for Minnesotans and provide immediate online access to courses. Minnesotans will have full access to the training through March 2021. Any Minnesotan who has applied for unemployment insurance in 2020 and has an account at Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program will get an invitation to sign up for Coursera. Other interested Minnesotans can sign up to receive access here before Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Individuals with questions should email officeofeconomicopportunity@state.mn.us.

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