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as introduced - 91st Legislature, 2020 2nd Special Session (2020 - 2020) Posted on 07/14/2020 02:33pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 07/14/2020

Current Version - as introduced

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A House concurrent resolution
relating to Minnesota's peacetime emergency; terminating the peacetime emergency
pursuant to the authority granted under Minnesota Statutes, section 12.31, subdivision
2, paragraph (b).

WHEREAS, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-01, a declaration of a peacetime
emergency, on March 13, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Council of the State extended that peacetime emergency for up
to 30 days, on March 16, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Governor Walz continues to extend the peacetime emergency every 30 days by
Executive Order; and

WHEREAS, 1. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 182.654, subdivision 9, and Code of
Federal Regulations, title 29, section 1977.9(c), employers must not discriminate or retaliate in any
way against a worker communicating orally or in writing with management personnel about
occupational safety or health matters related to COVID-19, including asking questions or expressing

2. Employers must not discriminate or retaliate in any way against any worker for wearing
gloves, a cloth face covering, eye protection, or other protective gear which the worker has personally
procured and reasonably believes will protect them, their coworkers, or the public against COVID-19
in the course of their work, provided that the protective gear which the worker has personally
procured does not violate industry standards or existing employer policies related to health, safety,
or decency. Employers may require use of employer-provided protective gear that meets or exceeds
protective gear procured by employees;

3. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 182.654, subdivision 11, workers have the right
to refuse to work under conditions that they, in good faith, reasonably believe present an imminent
danger of death or serious physical harm. This includes a reasonable belief that they have been
assigned to work in an unsafe or unhealthful manner with an infectious agent such as COVID-19.
Employers must not discriminate or retaliate in any way against a worker for the worker's good
faith refusal to perform assigned tasks if the worker has asked the employer to correct the hazardous
conditions but they remain uncorrected. These situations should be immediately reported to the
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry ("DLI");

4. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 182.654, subdivisions 8 and 9, workers and
authorized representatives of workers have the right to request that DLI conduct an inspection of
their workplace if they believe that a violation of a safety or health standard that threatens physical
harm exists or that an imminent danger exists. Employers must not discriminate or retaliate in any
way against a worker because such worker has requested an inspection or exercised any other right
under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 182;

5. DLI has authority to receive complaints about violations of paragraphs 1 to 4 and enforce
these provisions using the procedures contained in Minnesota Statutes, section 182.669, including
awards of backpay and compensatory damages;

6. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 268.095, any worker who quits their employment
because the employer has failed to correct an adverse work condition related to the pandemic which
would compel an average, reasonable worker to quit, if the worker has complained to the employer
about such adverse work condition and has given the employer a reasonable opportunity to correct
such adverse work condition, to no avail, or has been retaliatorily terminated from their employment
as a result of exercising the worker rights described in paragraphs 1 to 4 of this concurrent resolution,
shall not lose unemployment insurance benefits eligibility under existing law and Executive Order
20-05. Examples of an adverse work condition include an employer's failure to develop or implement
a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, as required by applicable Executive Orders, or failure to adequately
implement Minnesota OSHA Standards or Minnesota Department of Health ("MDH") and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") guidelines in the workplace related to

7. Pursuant to the Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA"), Minnesota Statutes, chapter
363A, and the existing authority of the Commissioner of Human Rights, the Commissioner of
Human Rights is authorized to issue guidance, as necessary, consistent with federal and state
anti-discrimination laws, including the MHRA, regarding employers' obligations to provide
reasonable accommodations related to COVID-19 for qualified employees with disabilities, as
defined in the MHRA, which may include employees with health conditions who are at high risk,
as determined by relevant guidelines from the CDC or MDH, if they are exposed to or if they
contract COVID-19;

8. Reasonable accommodations related to COVID-19 for such employees may include but
are not limited to adjusting schedules or work stations, allowing employees to work from home,
or permitting use of leave; and

9. The rights and protections set forth in this concurrent resolution are available to all workers
regardless of immigration status, and in addition to any other rights or protections established by
any other law, rule, regulation, executive order, contract, or collective bargaining agreement; NOW,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the State of Minnesota, the Senate
concurring, that it exercises its authority under Minnesota Statutes, section 12.31, subdivision 2,
paragraph (b), terminating the peacetime emergency declared under Executive Order 20-01 the day
following the concurrence by the Senate with this resolution.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives is
directed to prepare an enrolled copy of this resolution, to be authenticated by his signature and
those of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chair of the Senate Rules and
Administration Committee, and the Secretary of the Senate, and transmit it to Governor of the State
of Minnesota.