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  • I work for a temp agency here in minneapolis, working at the metrodome and have been also collecting unemployment because under

    32 hrs, waiting for it to reopen, also calling in every week for another assignment, nothing on the busline they tell me all the time. also actively looking for work online. my unemployment records say i quit. But, temp agency said they discharged...

    Jasper’s Answer

    I am sorry you are having an issue with your claim for unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, I think your claim is much more complicated than it might appear. In fact, please consider seeking help from an attorney to prevent bigger problems down the road.

    If you are about to have a phone appeal hearing, I strongly encourage hiring an attorney. For one, it will give you credibility. Also, an attorney will help you facilitate your argument and advise you on issues of "evidence". And finally, you are at risk of an overpayment. In other words, the Minnesota unemployment office will claim you must return your unemployment benefits dating back to December.

    If you loose your appeal and you are forced to pay back benefits, you want to prevent an issue of "fraud" which can lead to criminal prosecution. Therefore, I highly encourage you to seek help from an attorney.

    I wish you the very best!

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  • I currently work two jobs, one full, one part time, I am about to lose my part time gig, can I file for unemployment?

    They are selling the company and the new company is n ot taking any part timers :(

    Jasper’s Answer

    You can file for unemployment benefits for any week you are eligible for benefits. Each case is different. Thus, the issue is whether or not you are "unemployed".

    An applicant for unemployment benefits is considered "unemployed" (1) in any week that the applicant performs less than 32 hours of service in employment, covered employment, noncovered employment, self-employment, or volunteer work; and (2) any earnings with respect to that week are less than the applicant's weekly unemployment benefit amount.

    If you make more than $550 per week (before taxes), you might not be eligible. If you make less than $550 per week (before taxes), you should contact the unemployment office and see if you are eligible for unemployment benefits.

    I wish you the very best!

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  • If the company you work for is based out of state, who is responsible for paying unemployment benefit?

    Was a Indiana resident for many years. Move out of state for approx 10 years before returning to Indiana. Place of employment went out of business without warning in December. Had been employed with the company approx 6 months. Denied unemployment...

    Jasper’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear that your unemployment benefits were denied. You are having difficulties collecting unemployment benefits because it sounds like your home State does not want to pay a benefit. Every State is different. You should contact an unemployment attorney in your State.

    Generally speaking, your unemployment benefits will be based on the location of your Employer. If your Employer is located in one State, it is a bit easier. If your Employer is located in multiple States...this can be more complicated.

    At the very least, apply for unemployment benefits in the State you reside and in the State where your Employer is based from. Do not collect unemployment benefits from two States. This might will be considered fraud.

    In closing, contact an attorney near your home and proceed from there. I wish you the very best.

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  • My son is diagnosed with depression and has stopped taking his anti-depressant medication. He missed his shift at work yesterday

    and was told that they were going to make an example of him by suspending him for 10 days. As this is not their normal practice, can they legally suspend him to "set an example" because other employees were calling in sick, calling in that they we...

    Jasper’s Answer

    First, I am sorry to hear about your Son's depression. Depression is an illness that affects my family too.

    Generally speaking, yes - your Son's Employer can suspend him. However, he has rights too. If your Son is not being paid he should apply for unemployment benefits. A worker who works less than 32 hours per week is eligible for unemployment benefits. There are exceptions to this rule. Thus, additional information is needed.

    If available, I would review his employee handbook. The employment handbook should outline the process when suspended.

    Going forward, it is likely that your Son will be asked to sign a written warning. If your Son is presented with a written warning he should read it very carefully to make sure it does not accuse him of things out of his control.
    I wish your Son the very best.

    I wish your Son the very best.

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