Minnesota frontline workers can apply for ‘Hero Pay’ Wednesday – WCCO

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Frontline workers will soon be able to reap the benefits of their hard work. Pandemic bounty applications open Wednesday.

Governor Tim Walz signed into law the Frontline Worker Pay bill on April 29, with $500 million divided equally among those who meet the requirements. The bill is intended to thank Minnesotans who have worked on the front lines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

Eligibility for the program has two components: work requirements and sector of employment.

Applicants must have worked at least 120 hours in Minnesota in a frontline industry or more between March 15, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

In addition, the candidate must not have been able to telecommute due to the nature of their work and have worked in close proximity to people outside their household.

Eligible workers have 45 days to apply for a bonus. Dates are subject to change as program details are not finalized. The application is expected to remain open until July 22.

Each eligible applicant accepted for Frontline Worker Pay will receive an equal payment not to exceed $1,500. The state estimates that about 667,000 Minnesotans are eligible, so people should see a check for $750.

Candidates who are denied the bonus may appeal the decision within 15 days of receiving the notice of denial.

Certified workers are expected to receive their payments in early fall, based on time spent processing applications, appeals and payments.

For a full list of eligibility requirements and information on where you can apply for Frontline Worker Pay, click here.

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