URGENT: Don't Let Legislators Leave Without Repealing Unemployment Insurance Laws that Discriminate Based on Age
Legislators are about to adjourn without repealing two Minnesota laws that deny workers Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits solely based on their age. Two laws from eras when high school students were rarely in the labor force and retirement savings were robust enough to support older adults, penalize laid off workers based on their age:
1. Reducing or eliminating UI benefits for some workers who either receive, have applied for, or intend to apply for Social Security benefits. Minnesota is the only state in the nation that reduces or denies altogether UI benefits for certain workers receiving Social Security benefits.
2. Prohibiting all secondary students from qualifying for UI benefits.
Without the additional UI benefits designed to protect them, many high school and older workers are struggling financially. Workers, young and old, can't wait to receive the very benefits designed to protect them in a crisis. These laws need to be repealed now!
Contact your Senator today. Ask them to support an immediate repeal of the offset and to repeal the law prohibiting high school workers from collecting UI benefits. Tell them workers - young and old - are struggling and can't wait.
This is a simple issue of fairness – workers should not be treated differently from other workers simply because they are in high school or receiving Social Security retiree benefits. And they shouldn't have to wait for benefits during this economic crisis.