In order for wages to be included in the establishing of an account, they must be earned in “covered” employment.
Your benefits are based on the amount of earnings (gross wages) paid to you from all covered employers during a recent 52-week period of time. This is called your base period. Commissions, bonuses, overtime, vacation pay, severance pay (depending on timing), and wages earned in other states are included. Earnings from self-employment are usually not included.
Your benefits will be based on wages paid by all employers in your base period. You must provide information about all your employment in the past 18 months. Employers who did not cause you to be unemployed will usually not be affected by your receipt of benefits.
What is "covered" employment?
"Covered” employment and "noncovered" employment are defined in Minnesota Law; §268.035 Subd.12 and Subd.20. Wages earned in "covered” employment can be used to establish an unemployment benefit account. "Noncovered” employment cannot be used. Most employment is covered.
“Noncovered” employment includes, but is not limited* to:
*For a complete listing of noncovered employment, reference Minnesota Law, §268.035 Subd.20
To use military wages to establish an account, you must:
If you did not complete your first term of service, your branch of service determines your eligibility for unemployment benefits based on the narrative reason for your discharge.
National Guard or Military Reserve wages can be used if earned in unbroken active duty for 90 days or more, with an honorable discharge.
Independent contractors operate an independent business wherein they contract with other businesses and individuals to provide a service.
If you receive a form 1099 instead of a W-2 form, this is an indication that your employer considered you self-employed and not covered by unemployment insurance. If you were indeed self-employed, those earnings cannot be used in computing your unemployment benefits.
If your employer treated you as an independent contractor, but you believe your working relationship and responsibilities were those of an employee, or are not sure, complete the Wage and Employer Correction sheet included with your Determination of Benefit Account. Include a brief description of your job situation with this employer, along with a note regarding the type of work you did and how you were paid. A department auditor may contact you and the employer before the customer service specialist determines your status.