COVID-19 & Minnesota Updates

By March 20, 2020April 17th, 2020COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is actively working with state and federal partners to assist businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers can enroll in the Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. This program was developed to help Minnesota employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business, such as the slowdown caused by COVID- 19. Shared Work allows employers to supplement their employees’ lost wages because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits. With this program, employers can reduce normal weekly working hours for employees in an affected unit. Approved employees of employers that participate in the Shared Work program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. Visit https://www.uimn.org/employers/alternative-layoff/index.jsp to learn more about this program’s benefits and how to apply.

Employers affected by COVID-19 can find helpful information on the state’s news website: https://www.uimn.org/employers/employer-account/news-updates/covid-19.jsp. Also, the state will post updates on COVID-19 related items here: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/. The state will update information on both websites as more information becomes available. Please contact your representative with any questions or concerns.

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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