COVID-19 labor and employment resources

minnesota department of labor and industry

Wage and Hour Bulletin

March 2020

COVID-19 labor and employment resources

Review the most recent labor, employment and other COVID-19 resources.

DLI issues employer, employee COVID-19 FAQs

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has issued a new set FAQs responding to the most common questions and concerns it has been hearing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Federal paid sick days, expanded family leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to certain public employers and to private employers with fewer than 500 employees. For more information about the FFCRA and other federal updates, visit

Worker protections

Employees are protected by a number of state and federal laws. View worker protections related to COVID-19 including the use of sick leave, discrimination and safety and health at

Essential business 

On March 25, 2020, Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5 p.m. to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information see:

Unemployment insurance

Gov. Walz issued a March 16, 2020, executive order to better enable workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access unemployment benefits. For more information about this executive order and some frequently asked questions and answers, visit

Other resources



Labor Standards serves the citizens of Minnesota by providing 
information about the state's wage, hour and employment laws.

 Phone:  651-284-5075 or 800-342-5354