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Hennepin County Sends Layoff Notices To 1,300

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(credit: Hennepin County)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Anticipating a state shutdown, Hennepin County has sent layoff notices to 1,300 employees.

Most of the layoff notices went to employees in the county’s Human Services and Public Health Department. County officials say that department provides safety net programs like food support, and services like restaurant inspection and disease management.

Other layoff notices went to staff in the Taxpayer Services Department, which operates the county’s Service Centers. Those centers provide driver’s licenses, car tabs, birth certificates and fishing licenses.

The layoff notices launch a 10-day waiting period. The notices mainly affect staff whose job cannot be performed during a state shutdown.

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