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Media Advisory: Unemployment Benefits for Youth and Older Workers

MEDIA ADVISORY

Business Leaders, Community Organizations Join Together to Support Immediate Action on Unemployment Benefits for Youth and Older Workers.

St. Paul--Business and community groups are hosting a press conference to urge legislators to come to an agreement on providing unemployment insurance benefits to high school workers and older workers who meet the qualifications for unemployment benefits.  Minnesota is the only state in the nation that penalizes laid-off workers who also receive Social Security benefits.  And a 1939 law prohibits high school workers from collecting unemployment benefits even if they meet all of the normal requirements.  A lawsuit led by Youthprise was successful in allowing high school workers to access federal benefits, but the state of Minnesota has yet to act.  That means those workers will lose their benefits starting in September.  And many low-income Social Security recipients, have been denied all state and federal benefits throughout the entire pandemic.  The bill enjoys bipartisan support in the Legislature and is a priority for the Governor’s Office, however differences in the bills could significantly delay the immediate repeal of these laws.  The Legislature needs to act now and repeal these discriminatory laws once and for all.


WHO:  Youthprise, AARP Minnesota, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, student and older workers, and other supportive organizations
WHEN: Tuesday, May 25, Noon-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Upper Mall, steps of Minnesota Capitol
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