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.
This applies to workers of all ages, even those under the age of 18!
Eligibility is based on both work requirements and job sector.
Qualifying job sectors include those that frequently hire young people like:
See frontlinepay.mn.gov for an explanation of all the requirements, the most up-to-date information, and helpful resources.
It is anticipated that applications will be open from June 8 through July 22, 2022. These dates are subject to change. 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.
During the application period, the state will have a call center you can contact for assistance in multiple languages. Learn more at frontlinepay.mn.gov.
All eligible workers who apply and are approved will receive the same amount. The exact amount depends on how many workers apply. Payments will likely be between $500 and $750, but they cannot exceed $1,500 by state law. Payments will either be deposited directly into your bank account or sent via prepaid debit card.
Frontline worker payments will not be considered income, assets or personal property for purposes of
determining eligibility or recertifying eligibility for:
You will not have to pay Minnesota state taxes on this bonus. However, it will count toward your federal income, so you may have to pay federal taxes on it. We recommend setting aside a portion of the bonus to cover any taxes associated with it next year.