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Minnesota’s unemployment compensation fund, like that of many other states, provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The program draws from a public policy that assumes “the public good is promoted by providing workers who are unemployed … a temporary partial wage to assist the unemployed worker to become reemployed.”

The state administers the law through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) (www.deed.state.mn.us/). Employees make no contribution to the unemployment compensation fund, which is financed entirely by taxes on employers.

The law is complex and in some cases holds an employer liable for unemployment insurance (UI) payments even when a former employee wasn’t fired but quit.

Employers are required to post information about the state’s unemployment compensation program in the workplace. You can download a copy of the poster at w...(register to read more)

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