Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay

Posted On: 2022-06-08

You May be Eligible for Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay

To thank those Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, Gov. Tim Walz signed Frontline Worker Payments into law April 29, 2022, enabling those workers to apply for Frontline Worker Pay.  Eligibility criteria for Frontline Worker Pay were established by the Minnesota Legislature and are set forth in the Frontline Worker Pay law. The law identifies 15 frontline sectors; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is an eligible employer under the Schools and Higher Education category.

Eligibility and Additional Information

Eligibility is based on both work requirements and job sector. Saint Mary’s does not determine eligibility for the Frontline Worker Pay. You can review the eligibility criteria and further guidance at frontlinepay.mn.gov. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, you should review the law and guidance and truthfully fill in and submit the application during the 45-day application period. From June 8 to July 22, 2022. 

Visit www.dli.mn.gov/toolkit for an explanation of the requirements, the most up-to-date information and helpful resources. Also, sign up to receive alerts about Frontline Worker Pay via email.

Work Requirements

To be eligible for Frontline Worker Pay, the applicant: 

  • Must have been employed at least 120 hours in Minnesota in one or more frontline sectors between March 15, 2020, and June 30, 2021; 
  • For the hours worked during this time period, the applicant was not able to telework due to the nature of the individual’s work and worked in close proximity to people outside of the individual’s household; 
  • Must meet the income requirements for at least one of the 2020 or 2021 tax years 
  • Did not collect more than 20 total weeks of unemployment benefits between March 15, 2020, and June 26, 2021.

Application Information 

The Frontline Worker Pay application will be open June 8 through July 22, 2022. Eligible workers will have 45 days to apply for Frontline Worker Pay.

Applications can be submitted at frontlinepay.mn.gov. The 45-day application period will be followed by a 15-day period to allow for appeals from those whose applications were denied. After verification and processing of the applications are completed, payments are anticipated in early fall. All applications will move through the process at the same time and payments will be forwarded for processing together.

For help completing the application, contact mnfrontlinepay@submittable.com or (866) 333-7633.  

Application Process

The applicant should be prepared to certify that they meet all eligibility requirements. The application will request the following information. 

  • Employee Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address, Date of Birth, Social Security Number or Individual Tax Identification Number, Dates of relevant employment and job title (Please contact hr@smumn.edu if you need this information).
  • Employer Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

700 Terrace Heights

Winona, MN 55987

Phone: (507) 457-1508

Email Address: hr@smumn.edu

The application will use knowledge-based authentication (KBA) to prove the applicant’s identity. The KBA process will require basic information factors, such as name, address and date of birth, which will be used to compile knowledge questions. If KBA questions cannot be generated, the applicant will be asked to verify their identification by scanning an image of an eligible identifying document: passport, I.D. card, driver’s license or residence permit. 

The applicant will also be required to choose a form of payment in the event they are deemed eligible for Frontline Worker Pay. The applicant can choose between a direct deposit via an ACH transfer or a prepaid debit card. If the applicant prefers an ACH transfer, they will need to provide their bank routing number and account number.