Monday, March 23, 2009

Dislocated Worker Grants to Help 540 Laid-off Workers in Minnesota

During these trying economic times, laid off workers in Minnesota need all the help they can get. Finding a job after being laid off is incredibly hard these days. For 540 dislocated workers, however, hopefully the transition period won’t be quite so bad, thanks to five grants from the state’s dislocated worker program.

Recently, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced five grants to help retrain workers and help them return to work. Specifically, the grants include $190,000 for 50 people laid off by Gerdau Ameristeel in St. Paul, $210,000 for 60 former commercial screen-printing workers at Ad Graphics in Hugo, $490,000 for 140 laid off Twin Cities-area health care workers, $504,000 for 140 semi-conductor employees laid off after the closing of the Entegris Chaska facility, and $570,000 for 150 former employees of Cummins Power Generation in Fridley.

In addition to the dislocated worker benefits and unemployment benefits available to these individuals, they may also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. As we’ve previously written about, economic layoffs do not eliminate an injured workers’ entitlement to workers’ compensation wage loss benefits. If a laid-off employee has any kind of work restrictions due to a work injury, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation wage loss benefits, including Temporary Total Disability (TTD) while he or she is unemployed, and Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits if the worker goes back to work, but earns less money.

If you’ve been laid off, but have restrictions due to a workers compensation injury, you may be entitled to wage loss benefits. Call Meuser & Associates at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email to schedule a free consultation.

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