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HF 2476

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/10/2016 05:20pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 01/29/2016

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to unemployment insurance; providing for extended benefits.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginIRON ORE MINING AND RELATED INDUSTRY EXTENDED
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Availability of extended benefits. new text end

new text begin Extended unemployment benefits
are available from the Minnesota unemployment insurance trust fund to an applicant who
was laid off due to lack of work after March 1, 2015, from:
new text end

new text begin (1) an iron ore mining industry employer; or
new text end

new text begin (2) an employer providing goods or services to an iron mining industry employer if
the applicant was laid off due to the cessation or substantial reduction in operations of an
iron mining industry employer.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility requirements. new text end

new text begin An applicant is eligible to receive extended
unemployment benefits under this section for any week through the week ending June 25,
2017, if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the applicant established a benefit account under Minnesota Statutes, section
268.07, with a majority of the wage credits from an iron ore mining industry employer
or an employer providing goods or services to iron mining industry employers, and has
exhausted the maximum amount of regular unemployment benefits available on that
benefit account; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the applicant meets the same requirements that an applicant for regular
unemployment benefits must meet under Minnesota Statutes, section 268.069, subdivision
1.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Weekly and maximum amount of extended unemployment benefits. new text end

new text begin (a)
The weekly benefit amount of extended unemployment benefits is the same as the weekly
benefit amount of regular unemployment benefits on the benefit account established in
subdivision 2, clause (1).
new text end

new text begin (b) The maximum amount of extended unemployment benefits available to an
applicant under this section is an amount equal to 26 weeks of payment at the applicant's
weekly extended unemployment benefit amount.
new text end

new text begin (c) If an applicant qualifies for a new regular benefit account that meets the
requirements of subdivision 4, paragraph (b), before the applicant has been paid extended
unemployment benefits, and that new regular benefit account meets the requirements
of subdivision 2, clause (1), the applicant's weekly extended unemployment benefit
amount is equal to the weekly unemployment benefit amount on the applicant's new
regular benefit account.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Qualifying for a new regular benefit account. new text end

new text begin (a) If after exhausting the
maximum amount of regular unemployment benefits available as a result of the layoff
under subdivision 1, an applicant qualifies for the new regular benefit account under
Minnesota Statutes, section 268.07, the applicant must apply for and establish that new
regular benefit account.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the applicant's weekly benefit amount under the new regular benefit account is
equal to or higher than the applicant's weekly extended unemployment benefit amount,
the applicant must request unemployment benefits under the new regular benefit account.
An applicant is ineligible for extended unemployment benefits under this section until
the applicant has exhausted the maximum amount of unemployment benefits available on
the new regular benefit account.
new text end

new text begin (c) If the applicant's weekly unemployment benefit amount on the new regular benefit
account is less than the applicant's weekly benefit amount of extended unemployment
benefits, the applicant must request extended unemployment benefits. An applicant is
ineligible for new regular unemployment benefits until the applicant has exhausted the
maximum amount of extended unemployment benefits available under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Charging of benefits. new text end

new text begin Extended unemployment benefits paid under this
section may not be used to compute the future unemployment tax rate of a taxpaying
employer nor charged to the reimbursing account of government or nonprofit employers.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and is retroactive from August 31, 2015.
new text end