It is important for all employers to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and implement strategies to protect their customers and workers while ensuring the continuation of their operations. Following are links to variety of resources to help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus.
Temporary partial business closures
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Walz has signed an executive order to partially close restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and other business beginning at 5:00 pm on March 17 through March 27.
CDC Guidance for Employers and Businesses | CLICK HERE
CDC Cleaning & Disinfectant Recommendations | CLICK HERE
U.S Chamber Information
U.S. Chamber’s Resources for Businesses | CLICK HERE
Minnesota Dept. of Health Information
Minnesota Dept. of Health Coronavirus Updates | CLICK HERE
Minnesota Dept. of Health COVID-19 Info for Employers | CLICK HERE
Small Business Resources
Guidance for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 from the SBA | CLICK HERE
Free, Confidential Business Counseling via "Open to Business" | CLICK HERE
Hennepin County Resources for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 | CLICK HERE
Approved Lenders for Small Business Emergency Loan Program | CLICK HERE
SBA Disaster Loans for Minnesota Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 | CLICK HERE
Small Business Emergency Loans | CLICK HERE
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program for COVID-19 | CLICK HERE
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. The first step in this process is for the state to meet a minimum threshold of affected businesses within Minnesota.
Visit DEED’s website to complete the form and speed activation of this program >
Employer & Employee Resources
Shared Work, an Alternative to Layoffs | CLICK HERE
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
DEED is working with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Walz-Flanagan Administration, and the Minnesota Legislature to take steps to ensure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic do not create unnecessary burdens on employers and workers. On this website you will find answers to common questions for employers and workers and more information as it becomes available.
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COVID-19 and Unemployment
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Visit Shared Work Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply. Additionally, employees whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 can apply for unemployment benefits. The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program is taking steps to make the application process simpler for those affected.
View the Shared Work Program >
View the MN Unemployment Insurance Program >