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DHS employee shutdown information
This page has information for DHS employees about the 2011 state government shutdown.
Employees should call the DHS Employee Emergency Information Line at (651) 431-3023 for updates during a state shutdown. Employees who are deaf or hard of hearing should contact the Minnesota Relay Service at (800) 627-3529 and ask them to call (651) 431-3023. Because there are a limited number of phone lines into DHS, you may receive a busy signal and will need to try again.
Stay tuned for more information July 20, 2011
The state budget bills are signed into law. DHS employees should stay tuned for more information about returning to work. The DHS Employee Emergency Information Line will be updated to indicate when employees should return to work. In addition, employees whose personal email address has been updated in the state HR payroll system will receive an email stating when to return to work AND all employees with update phone contact information will receive an automatic phone message. See the information about how to update your personal contact in Employee Self Service in the FAQs below.
Child care assistance and services for seniors restored
DHS will resume most child care payments as well as grants that fund a number of critical human services, following an order by Ramsey County District Court (PDF) July 13. Among services funded are child care assistance and some services for vulnerable seniors. More information is in a news release announcing the restored services and on the DHS Shutdown Information page.
Dependent health care coverage will continue for state employees and their dependents during the government shutdown. A change in health coverage was announced in a news report in error. The agreement to continue family health care coverage with the employer contribution and dependents covered during the shutdown is part of the Memorandum of Understanding negotiated with unions. If employees who have questions or need assistance may call the SEGIP Call Center at (651) 355-0100 or visit www.BeReadyMN.com.
Frequently asked questions
Answer: MMB staff will post a short message on the MMB Twitter account that provides updates and directs employees to the www.bereadymn.com website for more information. DHS employees can voluntarily sign up their personal cellular phones (that are capable of receiving text messages) to receive a text message as soon as MMB posts the information on Twitter. Employees also can sign up for Twitter alerts at home, on their personal computers, on their own time. MMB can be followed on Twitter by first signing up for a free account, then searching for MN State Emergencies.
Question: Will employees and their family members continue to have access to Employee Assistance Progam (EAP) services during a shutdown?
Question: Where can I send questions not covered here?
Answer: Unless and until you receive a notice that your position is critical, you should not report to work on your next scheduled shift on or after July 1, 2011. You will be placed in layoff status or on an involuntary, unpaid leave of absence until you are notified that you are to return to work.
Answer: Someone will contact you at the phone numbers listed in the official state the HR information system. If you cannot be reached at the phone numbers listed, you will be contacted via email and/or a letter will be mailed to your home address.
Answer: All employees laid off or placed on involuntary unpaid leave of absence (LOA) because of the shutdown will be recalled to the position held immediately before shutdown. Assume DHS is shut down until you hear from your supervisor, HR, MMB, or an official public announcement as described below.
Question: Can I connect via remote access during the shutdown?
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