The recent news concerning the Best Buy Layoff is concerning for a number of reasons. From the perspective of the worker, people are scared for their future and likely wondering if they are going to receive unemployment benefits and or whether they should sign a document identified as a separation agreement. Thus, the Best Buy Layoff is alarming and you should seek individual advisement specific to your situation.
If you are one of the hundreds of people who were affected by the Best Buy Layoff, please consider contacting this law office for help. For one, your former employer is going to play games and enticing you with a separation agreement. Separation agreements can have a significant effect on your unemployment benefits.
Also, your former employer will likely try to find ways to reduce their likely hood of being fined under the Early Warning System rule. In essence, the Best Buy Layoff should have complied with their responsibility to offer an early warning to the Minnesota Department of Economic and Development (“DEED”). The federal rule applicable to the Best Buy Layoff is the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Basically, the Minnesota Early Warning System Rule and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act require a report to DEED identifying the names, addresses, and occupations of the employees who will be or have been terminated. The intent of this rule is such workers can be properly advised on their unemployment benefits. These rules apply to employers who employ 100 or more employees, excluding part-time employees, or employers who have 100 or more employees who combined work at least 4,000 hours per week.
That being said, do not take your claim to unemployment benefits in Minnesota into your own hands or depend on a government agency for help. Instead, consider contacting an unemployment lawyer for help – especially if you are one of the hundreds being affected by the Best Buy Layoff.