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COVID-19 Information for employers

Last updated: 1/29/2021 at 11:45 a.m.

If your employee applies for unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19:

  • We will gather information from them during their application process to determine if the separation is COVID-19 related. 
  • Please do not submit an appeal or raise an issue to request relief of charges due to COVID-19. We will review your account automatically in the coming months. We will let you know if we need more information from you. 
  • Complete any Request for Information questions you receive in a timely manner. 
  • You may occasionally receive a notice or other document for an applicant receiving benefits due to COVID-19 that states your account will be charged for unemployment benefits paid. You do not need to do anything. We will remove the charges.

For any matter not related to COVID-19, continue to respond to Requests for information, “raise an issue” and appeal determinations for those issues.

Pandemic-related financial relief

If your employees received unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, you may qualify for financial relief under state or federal law.

Other assistance available to employers

Yes. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has a variety of resources to assist businesses. The programs include:

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) 
  • SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 
  • Minnesota Small Business Emergency Loan Program 
  • Minnesota Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

You can gather detailed information about these and other programs by visiting the DEED's COVID-19 Emergency Business Assistance Programs web page

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