As parts of Minnesota’s economy start re-opening, some employees are wondering: What are my rights if I’m concerned about returning to work for health reasons, or because of child care needs? State Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove says:

“Anybody who has to stay home to take care of a kid because of the pandemic can continue to do so and collect U-I (unemployment insurance). Anybody that has underlying condition or is in an at-risk population can do so. If you’ve been exposed or have a relative who has, and you’re taking care of them or need to be in quarantine, all those things now qualify you for unemployment insurance.”

Grove says if there’s a disagreement between and employer and employee, there’s a long-standing process for adjudicating those claims. Grove says he’s hoping that in a vast majority of cases, businesses and workers will “come to the right and generous place.”