SAINT PAUL, MN – Gov. Tim Walz announced today that he will rescind his executive order requiring that, “any worker who can work from home must do so.” Rep. Kristin Robbins, R-Maple Grove, has led the effort to remove this executive order so businesses can begin planning to safely bring employees back to the office.
“I am pleased to see that after much urging, Gov. Walz has finally removed the onerous work from home order,” said Robbins. “Minnesota was only one of three states that still had such a restrictive mandate, which made it illegal for business owners to have employees in the office if they could work from home. I drafted a bill, HF 1613/SF 1968, which would have removed this language and the Senate was planning a hearing on it next week. I am very happy that the Governor terminated the work from home order a part of today’s executive order.”
“Lifting the requirement to work from home does not mean everyone will go back to the office,” noted Robbins. Under the new order, work from home will still be strongly encouraged, though not required, beginning April 15th. Employers are required to accommodate any worker who still wishes to work from home.