Announcement

We are excited to announce that all Gentle Dentistry clinics have re-opened for non-emergent and elective dental care.Caring for the communities we serve is our top priority. As we phase back into normal practice, a few things will be different at your upcoming visits. Check out the temporary process changes we have put in place for the safety of our patients and team – LEARN MORE HERE. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.
-The Team at Gentle Dentistry

Unemployment Benefits for the COVID19 Outbreak

Unemployment Benefits are Available for Gentle Dentistry Employees Due to COVID19 Virus Shutdown

Here is the information directly from the State of MN on the availability of unemployment benefits for employees who are furloughed due to the shutdown of businesses because of the COVID19 virus.  There is more information at www.uimn.com where you can apply online.

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Overview

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. We are taking steps to make the application process a little simpler for those affected. Please bear with us as we work to adjust our processes to address these extraordinary times.

The Walz-Flanagan administration and the Minnesota Legislature are actively considering a variety of measures to assist workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post updates on this site and on mn.gov/deed — please check back regularly.

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

If you are a worker who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the application process is largely the same as it would be for any other unemployed worker in Minnesota.

What Happens After You Apply

  • The Unemployment Insurance Program is designed primarily for layoffs. Obviously, we are dealing with a different set of circumstance now. We are working hard to make UI work well for Minnesotans in this time of crisis.
  • We are expediting processes where we can in order remove barriers to getting paid. Please bear with us as we take these steps.
  • Within a few days of applying for benefits, we will send you an Information Handbook and password so you can access your account.
  • The first compensable week is called your “non-payable week”. Unless you already “served” your non-payable week for an account established earlier this year, the first full week you are unemployed will likely be your non-payable week.
  • You will still need to submit a weekly payment request for your non-payable week.
  • If we are not able to establish your weekly benefit amount based on the records available to us, we may need to contact you to obtain additional information.

Questions and Answers About Hour Reductions/Layoffs

My employer reduced my hours as a result of COVID-19. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

If your hours or your rate of pay have been substantially reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. We encourage all workers affected by COVID-19 to apply for unemployment benefits. The UI Program will review your application and determine your eligibility for benefits.

My employer temporarily laid me off as a result of COVID-19. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

Unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If your employer shut down operations and no work is available, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits (assuming you meet other eligibility requirements).

My employer permanently laid me off as a result of COVID-19. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

Unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If your employer shut down operations and no work is available, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits (assuming you meet other eligibility requirements).

I took a voluntary layoff. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

Unemployment benefits may be available to some workers who take a voluntary layoff to avoid the layoff of another worker (and meet certain other requirements). Contact us if you have questions about voluntary layoffs.

Will I be required to look for work while receiving unemployment benefits?

If you are temporarily laid off, you can meet work search requirements by staying in regular contact with your employer. If you are permanently laid off, you will need to actively seek suitable employment.

My employer required me to take a leave of absence due to COVID-19. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

Workers who are receiving vacation pay, sick pay, or personal time off (PTO) pay equivalent to their normal rate of pay are ineligible for unemployed benefits. If your employer required you to take an unpaid leave of absence, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

I have chosen to take a voluntary, unpaid leave of absence due to COVID-19. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

We are suggesting that workers who find themselves in this situation apply for unemployment benefits to find out if they are eligible.

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