The Legislature is back in session, but the shutdown isn't over yet. And many state workers are wondering what to expect once the governor and lawmakers agree on a final budget.
The Minnesota Management and Budget Office provided some information today. They released the following FAQ:
Q: When will employees return to work?
A: Employees will be recalled to work by their agencies after bills have been signed into law by the Governor. The Governor's signature on the appropriations bills allow the legal authority to for the state to operate. Once a bill is signed into law, the agencies will implement their recall and communications plan. Just like there was a process to stop operations, there is a process to bring operation and employees back online.
Q: Once they are recalled, when should employees return to work?
A: Employees are requested to return to work at their normal time on the date of the recall. For employees that work in the 24/7 operations, their supervisor will indicate when they should return. We want our employees back. If extenuating circumstances exist, the previously agreed upon MOU, allows the employee three days to return which can be coordinated with their supervisor.
Q: How will employees be notified?
A: Information will be posted on www.bereadymn.com. Additionally, each agency has a communications plan ready to implement. Agencies are using numerous communications tools including but not limited to working with members of the media, calling trees, hotlines for employees to call, websites, emails, and other social media tools.
Q: When will services return to normal operations? When will state facilities be open to the public?
A: Our goal is to return services to normal operations as quickly and safely as possible. However, the return to normal operating levels varies from agency to agency. Various programs and services will take longer to return to normal than others. Agencies were functions at different levels. Some agencies were completely closed. Furthermore, some areas of state service will certainly face a backlog of work due to the break in service. Please contact agencies for specific requests.