Making ends meet is difficult enough while a Minnesota resident is gainfully employed. A layoff or entrenchment just amplifies the matter. However, an unemployed worker may not be aware that they could be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet certain criteria.
The state pays unemployment compensation to workers who have lost their jobs because they were laid off or because of entrenchment. This way, jobless workers can have a source of income until they find a job once again. However, eligibility depends on having worked for a certain amount of time and whether they are actively looking for a job. However, it is only available for a limited period of time or until the employee finds work again.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development is responsible for providing unemployment compensation in Minnesota and eligibility is determined case by case. The individual must be seeking unemployment compensation after becoming unemployed or working substantially reduced hours through no fault of their own and must be actively seeking suitable employment each week. This means the individual must be taking steps to find a job that matches their skill, experience, mental and physical ability and their training. Additionally, the benefits are based on earnings paid from all employers during the last 52 weeks. Lastly, the person must be able and willing to work without delay, including having available transportation and physical and mental stability to perform the job.
Employee rights exist to provide a safety net to employees in Minnesota who have issues with current or past employers.