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SF 920

1st Engrossment - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 11/09/2021 01:31pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to unemployment; modifying dates for certain COVID-19-related
unemployment provisions; amending Laws 2020, chapter 71, article 2, sections
20; 22; 23.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Laws 2020, chapter 71, article 2, section 20, is amended to read:


Sec. 20. SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

new text begin (a) new text endNotwithstanding the definition of "suitable employment" provided in Minnesota
Statutes, section 268.035, subdivision 23a, for an applicant applying for unemployment
insurance benefits between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, employment is not
suitable under Minnesota Statutes, section 268.035, subdivision 23a, paragraphs (a) and
(b), if:

(1) the employment puts the health and safety of the applicant at risk due to potential
exposure of the applicant to COVID-19; or

(2) the employment puts the health and safety of other workers and the general public
at risk due to potential exposure of the other workers and the general public to COVID-19.

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding Executive Order 20-05, as extended, amended, and otherwise
modified by Executive Order 20-29 and Executive Order 20-102, the exception under this
section expires on December 31, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from December 30, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Laws 2020, chapter 71, article 2, section 22, is amended to read:


Sec. 22. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF FIVE-WEEK BUSINESS OWNER
BENEFIT LIMITATION.

Notwithstanding new text beginExecutive Order 20-05, as extended, amended, and otherwise modified
by Executive Order 20-29 and Executive Order 20-102, and
new text endMinnesota Statutes, section
268.085, subdivision 9, the five-week limitation for receipt of unemployment benefits for
business owners is suspended for applicants for unemployment insurance benefit accounts
established between March 1, 2020, and deleted text beginDecember 31, 2020deleted text endnew text begin October 1, 2021new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from December 30, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Laws 2020, chapter 71, article 2, section 23, is amended to read:


Sec. 23. LEAVE OF ABSENCE DUE TO COVID-19.

Notwithstanding new text beginExecutive Order 20-05, as extended, amended, and otherwise modified
by Executive Order 20-29 and Executive Order 20-102, and
new text endMinnesota Statutes, section
268.085, subdivision 13a, for an applicant applying for an unemployment insurance benefits
account established between March 1, 2020, and deleted text beginDecember 31, 2020deleted text endnew text begin October 1, 2021new text end, a
leave of absence is presumed to be an involuntary leave of absence and not ineligible if:

(1) a determination has been made by health authorities or by a health care professional
that the presence of the applicant in the workplace would jeopardize the health of others,
whether or not the applicant has actually contracted a communicable disease;

(2) a quarantine or isolation order has been issued to the applicant pursuant to Minnesota
Statutes, sections 144.419 to 144.4196;

(3) there is a recommendation from health authorities or from a health care professional
that the applicant should self-isolate or self-quarantine due to elevated risk from COVID-19
due to being immunocompromised;

(4) the applicant has been instructed by the applicant's employer not to come to the
employer's place of business due to an outbreak of a communicable disease; or

(5) the applicant has received a notification from a school district, day care, or other
child care provider that either (i) classes are canceled, or (ii) the applicant's ordinary child
care is unavailable, provided that the applicant made reasonable effort to obtain other child
care and requested time off or other accommodation from the employer and no reasonable
accommodation was available.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from December 30, 2020.
new text end