Minnesota Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Minnesota you have to:

1. Be a resident of Minnesota. If you are not a resident of Minnesota, but worked in Minnesota at your last job, you should still have Minnesota unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Minnesota.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Minnesota. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Rea 2011-05-13 23:14
If a person was fired due to illness has a Dr.s excuse and the company denied it can the individual still file or qualify for unemployment
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# Rick 2011-09-20 11:17
how many months does one have to working to qualify for benefits maybe???
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# Kelly 2012-02-21 00:49
I have worked as a preschool teacher for a privately owned preschool for the past year. I recently found out that my employer has had her childcare license revoked prior to me becoming employed at the company and she has been able to stay open because she is undergoing an appeals process. She is continuing to lie to the licensors so I contacted MN DHS and informed them of her licensing violations. I am desperately seeking a new job. On top of the licensing violations, she has also cut my hours from 80 hours every 2 weeks down to between 50-60 hours. She also told one of my coworkers that "we dont deserve full time because when she gives us full time we take advantage of it and call in sick". I have 2 kids and have taken time off to care for them, and have offered to bring in dr notes. She also claims that she does not have to pay us for required staff meetings that take place outside of our regular business hours because she provides us with dinner (which is usually a crappy sandwich or salad). My coworkers and I have also been "shorted" hours on our paychecks numerous times and when we ask about it she tells us that "this will be the last time i fix your paycheck", even though it is HER fault that we are getting our pay shorted because she does not send in the correct hours we worked to the payroll company. She also threatens to fire us if we discuss our wages with each other. and threatens to "take our paycheck back and not pay us" if we leave it in our classroom. And jsut recently I had to take a day off to be with my husbands family out of town for an emergency and she emailed me and called me a liar. is she allowed to do any of this? And is this considered a harrassing work environment? I want to quit so bad but i am scared that i will not be able to collect UI. Any advice would be much appreciated! THANKS!!!!
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# Kris 2012-03-18 08:49
I am employed right now. Things have gotten very bad for me at work. Boss is talking to other employee about me. She hasnt spoken to me in days. I go to work and walk on eggshells never knowing what the day will bring with her. She has stated she wont tlk to me this stress id greatly affecting thr rest of my life and childrens lives. Things hve been bad for a long time and getting worse. She also owes me thousands of dollars in back eages. I need to get away from this situation. If i quit would i be able to get unemployment.?
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# Brad 2012-03-21 23:39
I was working under union contract on union property for 4 years. My company lost the contract that I was working on and all they could offer me was nonunion work that included a long commute. I had to refuse the work because of family responsibilites . At first they said I quit, but the union helped out and clearly stated that I had every right to refuse because I was offered nonunion work and there is no union work available for me. That was cleared up and now they are saying it is a job refusal. Doesn't the union contract clearly state that this is of no fault of my own?
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# Rachel B 2012-03-22 23:06
I am currently working for an agency that is becoming increasingly stressful. Five of the workers 10 in my office quit in the last two months due to the high level of stress. They continue to put more and more work on us. The owner of the company has created a hostile work environment. He one stated in a meeting to a group of female workers women never think logically they only think emotionally. If I were to quit due to the high level of stress and the hostile work environment would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Chase S 2012-07-25 18:46

Sorry to hear about your situation at work. I have a very similar thing happening as well. I wish I could answer your questions about this. I did not want to post the same thing you asked already so I thought I would just ask you if anyone responded to you with an answer? If so could you also share it with me? you can respond to chase_schutta@y ahoo.com

Thank you in advance for your help

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# Shawn 2013-09-10 07:09
I am in the same situation. They have had 90% turnover within a year. How can one be eligible for benefits?
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# Jen 2012-10-22 14:37
How do you check up on recipients of unemployment as to if they were fired for reasons of their own fault? I have a co worker that was recently let go because of major mistakes made....at her own fault! She is now bragging about getting all this unemployment she is getting. What!?
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# Jim 2012-10-25 11:26
I work full time for one company (A) under contract for a second company (B). I have worked under this arrangement for 8 months (and was unemployed for a year prior to that).

Company B is going to offer me a full time position with them, but for a lot less money. (However, it does include benefits; whether they make up for the pay cut is an unanswered question.)

What will happen regarding unemployment compensation if I turn down Company B's offer and am let go from Company A? I have very little time to decide, if that matters (1 day).
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# Timmy 2012-11-09 16:52
What if you were working two jobs n were laid off from one of them. Can you still apply for unemployment?
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# nancy 2012-12-05 07:10
can you collect unemployment if you are receiving social security
because you are 64 years old?
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# Jessica 2012-12-06 21:04
Two days ago my boss handed me a Personal Action Form to be signed for a demotion, which is 1.75 pay cut. She said her reasoning for this was a few call-ins I had in October, due to very personal problems (of which she was fully informed of). It is now December. In the past I have been called in multiple times on short notice as a single mother and have made it to work, i have covered for other peoples shifts, and fixed other peoples shortages so they would not be charged over 200$ and minimized it, I come to work on time everyday for the last couple months and she demotes me. Do I have good cause to resign my position and collect benefits?
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# Jamie 2012-12-16 19:07
I live in Minnesota but worked in North Dakota for 3 1/2 years, I had to quit my job because my babysitter decided one day she wasnt going to babysit any more. I have been looking for a job for 5 months and have put in multiple applications and I haven't been able to find work. Is it possible to file for unemployment? And what state do I file in? Any information what help a lot thank you.
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# Shayne 2013-01-08 19:33
I filed a claim on monday and it says the money was processed to my debit card and it usually shows up on wednesday.. Is there anything that can get in the way of it getting on my debit card or be put on hold if it says it was already processed?
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# Jon 2013-01-25 20:40
My wife is a full time employee for years with for a nation wide company. They just cut her hours from 40 hours to less than 20 hours a week. What are our options? Does she qualify for anything?
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# Jim 2013-01-26 23:28
If I was asked to leave my company and agreed to leave, am I still eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Kim 2013-02-21 13:57
I am getting married and moving to Florida where my husband-to-be lives and works. Can I collect unemployment while I look for a job in Florida after I quit my job in MN?
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# Liz 2013-04-25 09:25
I have been laid off and will recieve a severance package...can I still collect unemployment??
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# amanda n 2013-06-05 14:38
Due to my husband's new job, we are relocating to another part of the state and I will need to quit my job. Can I collect unemployment until I find a new job?
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# Terry 2013-06-19 15:36
How does one collect unemployment if they receive severance after separation of employment?
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# Audrey 2013-06-26 17:54
We will be shutdown next week due to lack of work. It will be 3 days without pay and 2 paid holidays. Can I put in my waiting week?
If you have another job such as part time, will this affect your benefits? How much can you earn?

Do you file for your waiting week the first day you are off work?
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# Theresa 2013-08-28 14:19
My husband has relocated and is working in MN. I'm looking at relocating to MN myself. I'm working in CO now. If i do relocate I'm I eligibility for unemployment in MN? or CO?
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# Cha 2013-08-29 09:35
Has anyone been eligible for Unemployment due to them having to quit due to no longer having daycare available?
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# Jackie 2017-06-14 13:12
I work part time and was told this position would be eliminated because the position is becoming full time. They want me to stick around until they find a full time replacement. At that time will I qualify for unemployment?
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# Emily 2017-07-25 13:10
I am currently on a FMLA leave to care for my disabled child. I do not think I can return to work in the same capacity as I was. Can I collect unemployment if I resign to stay home to continue to care for her?
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# Andre 2017-09-01 17:34
I have a long commute to work already but now the bridge I use to get to my bus is close for over a year and I can't find a new route to work on time would that be enough to get unemployment if I get fired for not being able to get to work.
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# Charles N 2017-09-13 06:28
I was let go earlier this year and was on unemployment. I recently got a job that was promising money close to what I made before. I have stuck it out for a month but am not even making half of what I used to and it's hard finding a job that pays enough for my bills. Can I go back on unemployment? Can I keep looking because the money I'm making is barely making me able to commute to my job let alone keep making vehicle payments.
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# CJ 2017-11-15 10:47
If you work for a construction company and they don't pay vacation or holiday pay and they shut down for a week where no one is working can you get unemployment for that week since you have no income at no fault of your own since you would work if they would allow. Work would resume after the week shut down. Can an unemployment request be filed in this situation?
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