A business must give its plan to all workers in writing. It’s also supposed to be posted in a place at work where you can see it. If there’s no place to post it, it can be somewhere electronically if you and other workers get a copy and can read it anytime.
The State of Minnesota and the CDC strongly encourage people to wear masks in any public setting where they can’t keep social distance. Workers at some businesses have to wear masks, like at salons, tattoo parlors, or restaurants. A business can make their own rules about masks. If you don’t feel safe with your employer’s rules about masks, see next section.
Some cities have rules saying that people have to wear a mask. Both St. Paul and Minneapolis require people to wear masks when inside businesses.
A business owner, manager or supervisor can get in trouble if they don’t follow the rules, or if they ask you not to follow these rules. First you should ask your employer to follow the rules. If that doesn’t work or if you are afraid they will fire you or retaliate in another way, you can report them. Report the things you are worried about at work to Minnesota OSHA at 651-284-5050 or 877-470-6742. You can also go online at email@example.com. Your employer can’t discipline you or retaliate against you for reporting unsafe work conditions.
If you are called back to work and you don't think it is safe
If your doctor or medical professional says you should stay home because you are or someone in your household is in a high-risk group, ask your employer for a reasonable accommodation.
A reasonable accommodation is something that lets you do your job with some extra help or changes. For example, you could ask your employer to let you work from home, buy extra protective gear, change work hours, or let you work in an area with fewer people.
You need to ask for a reasonable accommodation in writing.
Make sure you keep copies of your letter asking for an accommodation.
If your employer gives you the reasonable accommodation, you must go back to work.
Get a letter from the doctor explaining why you or a family member is in a high-risk group and what kinds accommodations you need. Give it to your employer.
It is very important that you keep copies of any documents you give to your employer. This includes the doctor's note and any papers you get from your employer that prove you were willing to work if it was safe. Also, take notes every time you talk to your employer. Include the name of the person you spoke to and the date and time you had the conversation. If they still won’t give you a reasonable accommodation, call Legal Aid.
You can also ask for a leave of absence. Do it in writing. If your employer won’t OK a leave of absence, you need to decide if you want to go back to work or quit. Make sure you keep copies of letters and other papers. If you get a leave of absence or decide to quit, you may still be able to get unemployment. Call Legal Aid if you are denied.
No. Not unless your employer is not following safety rules. If that is the case, you may have to tell your employer what you are worried about and give them a chance to make it right before you quit in order to stay home and remain on unemployment.
Report the things you are worried about at work to Minnesota OSHA at 877-470-6742 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your employer can’t discipline you or retaliate against you for reporting unsafe work conditions.