Hero Pay app for frontline workers set to open mid-June – Reuters

ST. PAUL — Frontline workers in Minnesota should be able to start applying for bonus checks from the state starting next month, the state agency that handles hero checks announced Tuesday, May 10.

The Department of Labor and Industry said on Tuesday it had contracted with a vendor to create the application website and expected to have it available by mid-June.

From there, potential applicants would have a 45-day window to submit their information before the state begins reviewing their information, according to the department. Checks would likely be sent out in late summer or early fall, Department of Labor and Industry officials said.

The update comes just over a week after lawmakers approved and Governor Tim Walz signed into law a compromise plan that sets aside $500 million for heroes checks for workers who stayed on the job in person during the peak of the pandemic.

The proposal also repaid the federal government for a loan to the state unemployment insurance fund and replenished that fund, a move that will repay higher tax rates to employers.

Under the law, about 667,000 frontline workers could bear to see $750 bonus checks. Eligible employees would include healthcare workers, teachers, meat packers, corrections officers, first responders, grocery store employees and several others.

Eligible employees should have worked 120 hours between March 15, 2020 and June 30, 2021 and not have received unemployment benefits for more than 20 weeks. There would also be an $85,000 income cap for individual filers who have not worked directly with COVID-19 patients to be eligible. Those who have worked with COVID-19 patients could receive the checks if they earn $175,000 or less per year.

Department heads urged workers to sign up to receive information about the application process at frontlinepay.mn.gov.

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