Military Benefits Affect Unemployment Benefits in Minnesota

Military Benefits Affect Unemployment Benefits in MinnesotaDo military benefits affect unemployment benefits in Minnesota?  Because this unemployment lawyer served four years in the military, this issue strikes close to home.  As you likely know, Minnesota does not necessarily favor military past and present.  As a result, the conclusion to whether military benefits affect unemployment benefits in Minnesota will be alarming.

To begin, please ask yourself – where are your military benefits coming from?  In other words, are they VA benefits, a pension, or actual wages or earnings?  A person collecting unemployment benefits and recalled into the military will not see a deduction in their weekly unemployment benefit.  This is true because Minnesota Unemployment Rule 268.085, subdivision 5, paragraph c tells us so.  Thus, military benefits received as pay due to you being called up or serving in your Guard unit or Reserve unit should not affect your unemployment benefits in Minnesota.

On the other hand, pensions do affect unemployment benefits.  Are you receiving a military pension and wondering if your military benefits affect unemployment benefits in Minnesota?  Here is the thing – rules specific to Minnesota unemployment benefits do not make a distinction between military benefits, VA benefits, or military pensions.  Instead, Minnesota unemployment laws limit their discussion to “pensions, retirement”, and benefits due to a work related injury.  As a result, it is very likely your military benefits affect unemployment benefits in Minnesota.  Because the rules in Minnesota do not say one way or the other, the law is unclear as to whether your military pension or military benefits affect unemployment in Minnesota.  This law office would like to believe a case specific to military benefits will favor a Veteran.  However, this is not a foregone conclusion.

Therefore, if you are currently reviewing whether military benefits affect unemployment benefits in Minnesota, please consider having your claim reviewed by an unemployment lawyer for help.

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