As a small business owner you are facing a lot right now during COVID-19. Our close partner Stacy Johnston of Audacity HR created this great video to help you understand the unemployment process in Minnesota right now for you and your employees.
Here are the questions and related resources referenced by Stacy in the video.
- What are the ramifications of unemployment?
- What are my options?
COVID-19 Unemployment Resources from Minnesota
- Is there an option for a temporary layoff?
Shared Work Program - Alternative to Layoff
The Shared Work program offers an alternative to layoffs for employers facing a temporary downturn in business. Administered by DEED’s Unemployment Insurance Division, the program allows employers to divide available hours of work among a group of employees instead of implementing a full layoff. These employees may then receive partial unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours. The purpose of Shared Work is to avoid a layoff, not to subsidize wages.
Why this might make sense for you: Shared Work can help employers avoid the difficulties that can go along with a layoff. If employees keep working during a temporary slowdown, employers can more quickly gear up when business conditions improve. Learn more about the Shared Work Program on our Unemployment Insurance Division's website
- Is the business owner covered by unemployment?
CARES Act Updates Guide to completing UI application for self-employed and independent contractors
- How do my employees apply for unemployment?
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance
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- Other resources?
Explore the Paycheck Protection Program by the SBA to determine if this might be a fit for you and your business.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us through our COVID-19 Resources Form and we will have an EF staff member follow up with you as soon as possible. You can also find update to date news and resources on local, state, and federal programs available to you and your business at COVID-19 Resources.