Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Program Appeal Period Open

August 24, 2022 | Alert

Open Through August 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. CT

Earlier this year, Governor Tim Walz signed Minnesota Frontline Worker Payments into law. The law allocated $500 million to be divided among Minnesota workers that were on the front lines during the COVID-19 emergency (March 15, 2020 through June 31, 2021). The original application period was open June 8 through July 22, 2022.

Applicants received an email on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, informing them of the status of their application. If an individual’s application was denied, there is a 15-day period to appeal the denial. This 15-day period opened August 16 and runs through Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 5p.m. CT. Applicants may also log in to their account to verify the status of their application on the Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay website.

The right to appeal has been given to applicants who were denied for the following reasons:

  • The applicant exceeds the unemployment insurance benefit threshold established in the law.  
  • The applicant exceeds the adjusted gross income threshold established in the law.  
  • The applicant’s employment eligibility could not be verified.  
  • The application has been deemed a duplicate. This means more than one application with the same Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number has been submitted.  
  • The applicant’s identity could not be verified. 

Appeal forms and reason(s) for denial can be found in the applicant’s online account. The Frontline Worker Pay program FAQ provides information explaining each denial reason and suggested resolution. According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s website, the decision on an appeal is final.

After the August 31st appeal deadline, the final number of eligible applicants will be determined, and funds will be divided equally. Payments are expected in to be made by ACH direct deposit or prepaid debit card in the fall of 2022.

Additional information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website.

If you have questions about the Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay program, we can help.

This article is provided for general informational purposes only. It is not legal, accounting or other professional advice, as it does not address any individual facts, circumstances or concerns. Before making personal or business related decisions, please consult with appropriate legal, accounting or other qualified professionals.

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