MN Unemployment Q & A November 2020

 

What follows are some answers to basic questions about Unemployment Compensation, as well as website-based resources for more information.  Please call or email our Union staff representative if you have questions.

  1. If I Am Furloughed, Do I Have Any Right to Be Recalled to Work with the School District?
    Yes.  You have the right to be recalled to work at the end of the furlough.  Recall will generally be by seniority within each job classification.  You will have 3 calendar days to return to work after the school district notifies you that you are being recalled to work.  If you do not return to work within these three calendar days, the school district may terminate your employment.  This termination would be for “just cause.”
  1. Am I Eligible for Unemployment Compensation If I Am Furloughed? Even if I Volunteer to Be Furloughed in Place of a Co-Worker Who Would Otherwise Be Furloughed?
    It is more likely than not that you would be eligible for unemployment compensation if you are furloughed.  This is true even if you volunteer to be furloughed instead of a less senior employee being furloughed.

    A few factors come into play that keep us from saying that “yes, for certain” you would receive unemployment compensation.  For example, there is a complex formula the state uses to determine if you have worked enough hours within a certain period to become eligible.  But if you are furloughed, you should apply for unemployment compensation.

  1. How Much Would I Receive as Unemployment Compensation?
    It is not possible to answer this question.  However, you may receive an estimate of your unemployment compensation at the following State of Minnesota website.  Remember: this is only an estimate and is not a guarantee of what your unemployment compensation would be.
    https://www1.uimn.org/ui_applicant/benefits/monetary/premonetary/calculatePremonetary.do?init=true&action.calculatePremonetary.initApplicant.null=true
  1. Should I Apply for Unemployment Compensation Because I am Furloughed?
    If you are furloughed, you should apply for Unemployment Compensation.  Each case is unique—and a final determination of eligibility and amount of unemployment compensation can be very fact specific—but you should apply.
    Here is a link to the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program with helpful information:
    https://uimn.org/applicants/
  1. How Do I Apply for Unemployment Compensation?
    You can apply either on-line or by phone.  The Unemployment Insurance program recommends applying on-line.  As a “New Applicant” for unemployment compensation, you would be able to apply according to the following schedule:

On Monday – if the last digit of your Social Security Number is 0, 1 or 2

On Tuesday – if the last digit of your Social Security Number is 3, 4, or 5

On Wednesday – if the last digit of your Social Security Number is 6, 7, 8 or 9

On Thursday – anyone can apply

On Friday – anyone can apply

 

Here is a link to apply on-line:

https://www1.uimn.org/ui_applicant/applicant/login.do

Here is the phone number to apply by phone:

1-877-898-9090

Here is a link to learn a bit more about what you will need when you apply:

https://www.uimn.org/assets/HowToApplyForUI_tcm1068-193561.pdf

  1. What Will I Be Asked for During the Application Process for Unemployment Compensation?
    Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance program has put together a document that walks you through each step of the process of applying for unemployment compensation.  You might want to look at this document before starting your application.  It will help you make sure you have all the needed information ahead of time.

Here is a link to the step-by-step walkthrough of the application process:
https://www.uimn.org/assets/application-step-by-step-instructions_tcm1068-425435.pdf

  1. Do I have to file for unemployment every week even if I’m denied?
    For any week you intend to be potentially eligible for unemployment you must apply (even if you are denied many times).  Unemployment compensation is only available for the weeks you actually file a claim (including any possible retroactive payment should you later be found eligible based on an appeal).
  1. I’ve been denied unemployment and their letter says I can appeal. What should I do?
    For any week you intend to be potentially eligible for unemployment you must follow all the steps in the process (even if you are denied many times).  This includes responding to all communication they send you within the timeline required.  As your union we are providing you with the information we have and will update information on our website as we receive additional information.  It’s up to you to decide if you want to apply for unemployment benefits.

As your union we are providing you with the information we have and will update information on our website as we receive additional information.  It’s up to you to decide if you want to apply for unemployment benefits.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

MN Unemployment and COVID 19

DOL – UI Guidance on Between Terms

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