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This week there were only two unpublished opinions from the Minnesota Court of Appeals related to unemployment benefits. The relator in the first case challenges the ULJ’s decision that she was overpaid unemployment benefits because she improperly reported her earnings. The appeal by the relator in the second case is one we commonly see – the ULJ’s decision that he is ineligible to receive unemployment benefits because he quit his employment without good reason caused by his employer. Both cases were affirmed.

1.  A14-0386  Kristin Buege, Relator, vs. County of Houston, Respondent, City of   Caledonia, Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.

Summary:  Relator appeals an unemployment-law judge (ULJ) decision that she was overpaid unemployment benefits because she improperly reported her earnings.  Relator worked as the City of Caldonia and Houston County in a variety of roles with varying rates of pay.  Further, some of the earnings were deductible, and reduces the amount of unemployment benefits, and some were not deductible.  The end result was that Relator received an overpayment of unemployment benefits.  On appeal, Relator argues argues that the ULJ erred by failing to consider that she reported her earnings in good faith and by miscalculating her earnings.  However, acting in good faith is not a defense to an overpayment of unemployment benefits.  We affirm.

2.  A14-0172  Cody Sigfrid, Relator, vs. Osseo Powersports, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.

Summary:  Relator challenges the unemployment-law judge’s (ULJ) determination that  he is ineligible for unemployment benefits because he quit his employment  without good reason caused by his employer.  The ULJ found that Relator quit his job for personal reasons (to become a full-time student), and consequently was ineligible for unemployment benefits.  We affirm.

If you are denied unemployment benefits, or are an employer who wants to challenge a former employee's eligibility for benefits, your best bet is to meet with an attorney who handles unemployment appeals to discuss your options.  To that end, I represent both applicants and employers in unemployment appeals.  Please call (763) 450-9494 today to set up an appointment to discuss your situation.

WARNING: The information contained in this blog post does not constitute legal advice and may not be applicable to your situation.  Reading this blog post does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Baland Law Office, P.L.L.C.  Also, Tim is licensed only in state and federal courts in Minnesota.  As such, any information provided in this blog post pertains only to those jurisdictions.  Further, you should always discuss your situation with an attorney before taking any action based on what you may read in this blog.  To that end, please call (763) 450-9494 to set up an appointment to discuss your situation. 


 


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