The Minnesota State Building Trades Council has compiled the following resources related to the Coronavirus and COVID-19. We will provide updates here as information becomes available.
- Construction Contractor COVID-19 Preparedness Plans. Construction contractors must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and follow MDH and CDC Guidance.
- COVID-19 Recommendations for Critical Infrastructure Businesses and Industries
- StaySafeMN Guidance for Construction
- NEW! American Rescue Plan Act.
- Under the America Rescue Plan signed into law on March 11, 2021, an additional 6 months of unemployment benefits are available through September 6, 2021. Unemployment benefits will be supplemented by a $300 weekly payment.
- The plan also provides that the first $10,200 for unemployment benefits for taxpayers earning under $150,000 will not be taxed at the federal level.
- Building Trades members who are unemployed should continue to apply for Unemployment Benefits regardless of the number of weeks they have already received benefits. Contact your Local Union if you are concerned about your Unemployment Benefits. Learn More
- NEW! Vaccine Information.
- The state has recently announced a COVID -19 Vaccine Connector that is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will: alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine; connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment and notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.
Minnesota Construction Industry Guidance
- NEW! The state has recently announced that as of March 30, 2021 that every Minnesota age 16 and over is eligible for a COVID -19 shot.
- Building Trades Resources.
State of Minnesota
- COVIDaware Notification App.
- State COVID Dashboards. State of Minnesota COVID-19 Website
- Labor & Industry. Department of Labor and Industry COVID-19 Guidance
- Training and Apprenticeship Guidance. Apprenticeship Minnesota Guidance, Training and Testing Guidance
- DEED Unemployment. Minnesota Unemployment Insurance, DEED
- Updated! Department of Health.
For Building Trades Union Members
- COVID-19 Benefits Chart for Building Trades Members
- Updated! 1.10.21 Frequently Asked Questions for Building Trades Members
- If you are Sick.
- Worker Protections
- CDC Guidance. What Construction Workers Need to Know about COVID-19
- Federal Leave Resources.
Minnesota Building Trades Statements
- 3.30.20 Letter to Building Trades Union Members
- 3.25.20 Minnesota Construction Industry Statement Regarding Stay at Home Executive Order
- 3.25.20 Minnesota State Building Trades Statement on Stay at Home Executive Order
- 3.21.20 Minnesota Building Trades Letter on Essential Services
- 3.20.20 Building Jobs Coalition COVID-19 Statement
- 3.17.20 Minnesota Construction Industry Statement Regarding Jobsite Safety and COVID-19
- 3.16.20 Minnesota Building Trades COVID 19 Statement
National Coronavirus Resources
US. Department of Labor
- U.S. DOL Coronavirus Resources
- U.S. DOL FMLA Q & A
- U.S DOL OSHA COVID-19 Resources
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- OSHA Standards related to COVID-19
- Mandatory Posters. Starting April 1, all employers must post the Families First Coronavirus Notice. Mandatory Poster here. FAQs about posting here.
- OSHA Guidance. COVID-19 Control and Prevention for Construction Work
Construction Industry COVID-19 Resources. CPWR COVID-19 Clearinghouse
Discrimination. Guidance on Workplace Screening – EEOC
Critical Infrastructure. U.S. Guidance on Essential Infrastructure Workforce – U.S. Department of Homeland Security
CDC Definition of “Close Contact” As of October 21, 2020, someone is considered to have had close contact if they were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. A person who has had close contact with a suspected or confirmed infected person should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.
- Minnesota Critical Industry Information
- Executive Order 20-20 Minnesota Stay At Home Executive Order
- Executive Order 20-48 Minnesota State at Home Executive Order
- Executive Order 20-54 Protecting Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions and Retaliation During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
- Executive Order 20-81 Requiring Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering in Certain Settings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
*Page last updated 4/15/2021