I generally represent employers (not employees) in disputes over whether a terminated employee qualifies for unemployment insurance benefits.

What are Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits?

Employees who are fired or laid off from their jobs may apply for Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. However, not all employees qualify.

Employers reimburse the state for UI benefits paid to employees.  For this reason, employers often dispute whether an employee qualifies for UI benefits.

What is the unemployment appeal process?

After the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has received the questionnaire from both the employer and applicant, they will determine if the applicant has a right to unemployment. After DEED has made its decision, the losing party can appeal the decision. If the first appeal hearing is done by phone, then the losing party may appeal in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Minnesota’s unemployment appeals process involves the following steps:

  1. The employee applies for unemployment
  2. The employer receives a questionnaire from the state
  3. The state makes an initial determination regarding whether the employee is eligible for Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits
  4. The employer may request a hearing if the employer disagrees with the state’s initial determination
  5. The state conducts a phone hearing with the employee and employer
  6. The state makes a decision
  7. The employer or employee may appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Where does an unemployment appeal take place?

The first appeal is usually before an administrative law judge by phone. The second appeal is usually in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Do you need a lawyer?

Neither party is required to have a lawyer. However, you may hire an attorney at your discretion. I generally represent employers (not employees) in unemployment benefit disputes.

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