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Pandemic-related financial relief

Financial relief for taxpaying employers

The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program paid benefits to an unprecedented number of applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. To reduce the impact on employers, the State Legislature and Governor Walz instructed the UI program to ensure that benefits paid to individuals whose unemployment was a result of the COVID-19 did not affect the experience rating portion of employers’ UI tax. For most employers, this means that the experience rating portion of their 2022 UI tax will be about the same as it was in 2020. Had the Governor and legislature not acted, some employers would have seen a doubling or tripling of the experience rates for 2022.

In addition to removing charges for COVID-related separations, an employer’s experience rate was not affected by payments which resulted from the temporary suspension of the “nonpayable week” or benefits paid under the Shared Work Program.

  1. Benefits paid for weeks between 3/29/2020 – 1/02/2021: We removed 100% of charges that resulted from the temporary suspension of “nonpayable week” (the requirement that applicants serve one nonpayable week at the start of their benefit account).
  2. Benefits paid for weeks between 3/29/2020 – 9/4/2021: We removed 100% of charges for benefits paid under the Shared Work Program.

Unemployment benefits paid were also not used in computing future tax rates under normal, statutory provisions. Examples include:

  • The applicant quit without good reason caused by the employer. 
  • The employer discharged the applicant due to employment misconduct. 
  • We determined you provided regularly scheduled, part-time employment to an applicant who applied for benefits because they separated from a different employer.
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