Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance and Frontline Worker bill signed into law
About 130,000 businesses will receive UI tax relief with the passing of this bill – with the total amount of relief provided to businesses coming totaling around $200 million for the first quarter of 2022.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday, April 29, signed the Unemployment Insurance and Frontline Worker bill into law.
Replenishing the UI Trust Fund at $2.73 billion will ensure UI benefits are available to workers in the future and that businesses across the state are held harmless from the effects of the pandemic.
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), about 130,000 businesses will receive UI tax relief with the passing of this bill – with the total amount of relief provided to businesses coming totaling around $200 million for the first quarter of 2022.
DEED Commissioner Steve Grove joined Gov. Walz, legislators, and small business owners at an event on Monday, May 2, at the State Capitol to celebrate passing the bill into law.
"Minnesota businesses, especially small businesses and their workers, were deeply impacted by COVID-19," Grove said in a statement. "This investment means we won't have to raise future UI tax rates right at this critical moment of expansion for Minnesota's economy. Avoiding higher tax payments means more money for business owners to put toward salaries, benefits and capital expenses."
DEED says it will now begin calculating revisions to the amounts that more than 130,000 employers owe in UI taxes. To learn more about how this works and what to expect, check out this FAQ page .
The law also provides $500 million for Frontline Worker pay, which will provide bonus pay to frontline workers who have sacrificed during the pandemic to keep Minnesotans safe, healthy, fed, and cared for. Eligible workers include those from the health care, child care, school, food service, public transit, long-term care, building service, emergency response, retail, and manufacturing sectors.
Currently, the UI Trust Fund owes about $1.4 billion to the U.S. Treasury Department, according to DEED. This one-time investment of $2.73 billion will allow the State of Minnesota to repay its negative balance to the U.S. Treasury Department and bring the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to a balance of positive $1.3 billion.
In the days and weeks ahead, the UI program will recalculate employer taxes due and provide information on tax account credits.
Minnesota employers can find more information here .