Quitting Your Job and Getting Unemployment: Unemployment Tip #016

QuittingQuitting for no good reason hardly happens.  Everybody has their reason or reasons.  The more difficult question is what next?

In my experience, people with a good reason to quit their job rarely have a new job lined up.  Usually, this is because the job a person is forced to quit put them in a difficult spot:  unemployment.

Today’s unemployment tip is for those looking for unemployment benefits during the quitting process.

Unemployment Tip # 016 – Because Minnesota allows unemployment benefits for workers who quit their job, I like the idea of gathering evidence prior to quitting.  For example, e-mails, handbooks, personal improvement plans, corrective action plans, and notes.  Also, I like the idea of acquiring contact information from co-workers who might be able to assist down the road”

Quitting Your Job Without Evidence

Naturally, a lot of people are not able to gather or acquire documents prior to their job ending.  As you might expect, this is because the quitting process was emotional or required an immediate exit.  I get it.

Luckily, there are ways for unemployed workers to acquire evidence.  In addition to subpoena power, an applicant in Minnesota can use Minnesota statue 181.961 to acquire a copy of their personnel file.

Quitting and Your Personnel File

Exactly what is part of or excluded from a personnel file is really unknown until a copy is obtained.  Usually though, the types of documents within a “file” includes:

  • Tax verification forms,
  • Job applications
  • Action Plans
  • Reprimands
  • Promotion Information

Even if a worker or employee believes they do not need a copy, asking for a copy is important.  In terms of an unemployment appeal, demanding reasons why a work event wasn’t documented or included within a personnel file can offer probative value to an applicant’s claim for benefits.

Thus, seeking a copy of a personnel file before and after quitting a job is highly encouraged.

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