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Minnesota Eases COVID-19 Restrictions, Recommends Continued Work-From-Home

Nearly one year after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz first issued an executive order addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, he has issued new Emergency Executive Order 21-11 (Adjusting Limitations on Certain Activities and Taking Steps Forward), easing restrictions on social gatherings and occupancy limitations for certain industries.

Further, for employers of any industry, the work-from-home mandate is lifted as of April 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Rather, Governor Walz continues to strongly recommend work-from-home, where possible, as the state and nation continue to combat the pandemic. Employers should consider seriously the pros and cons of having additional employees re-enter the workplace and start planning any potential transition as early as possible.

The order continues to require employers to implement and follow their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans and abide by all other mask mandate and social distancing guidelines.

The order also encourages employers to provide reasonable accommodations for at-risk employees and employees with household members who have underlying medical conditions and are not yet eligible for vaccination. Employers also should remember to abide by all federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

The road back to a “new normal” for most employers requires many considerations and planning for any industry. There are many resources available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to assist with this planning.

 

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2021National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 71
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Gina K. Janeiro, Employment Labor Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law firm
Office Managing Principal

Gina K. Janeiro is Office Managing Principal of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist through the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Ms. Janeiro practices in all aspects of employment law and advises and represents clients in the areas of discrimination and harassment, disability management, employment contracts, wage and hour compliance, commission claims, noncompetition litigation, drug testing law, defamation, whistleblower and in closely-held corporation and partnership disputes. Ms...

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Hadley M. Simonett Associate Minneapolis
Associate

Hadley M. Simonett is an Associate in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

While attending law school, Ms. Simonett was awarded the Minnesota Bar Association Law Student Award for Excellence in Employment Law and recognized for her dedication to public service. She served as an editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law, and President of the Student Employment and Labor Law Association from 2017-2019. She also participated in the Mediation Clinic, completing the 30-hour civil mediation training and becoming Minnesota Rule...

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