Connection [ now called ??]
The Work Connection
979 Arcade St
Saint Paul, MN 55106-3229
I worked for them three different times
within a 10 years.
1: WIN Manager at TelePlan (manager in charge of all 60
Work Connection contractors / temps)
2: Develop document retrieval system (2 week MySQL project)
3: Headquarters (interviewed prospective employees, filed
their applications, calls, walk-ins).
They lied to MN Unemployment Office
hundreds of times to get out from paying someone's unemployment.
Once a temp assignment ends the company
tells MN Unemployment office that the person did not ask for another
assignment which reduces the companies unemployment insurance costs.
When in fact the person did ask for
another assignment when they came into the office in person AND also
by telephone. I would make note in their file so they can file
unemployment. However the manager and owner would delete that
note I put in their file by shredding it.
People would work at a contractor (temp).
Once that contract ended, they can file MN unemployment, but they
also have to contact The Work Connection to tell them (in person or
telephone call) that they want another assignment and ready, willing
and able to work.
The problem I had was that The Work
Connection 2 staffers and St. Paul Branch Manager and owner of the
company would file
paperwork with MN Unemployment Office stating that the person DID
NOT contact The Work Connection looking for work, when in fact the
I know this as I took many of those phone
calls and walk-ins and I put a note in their paper file AND I also
made an Excel spreadsheet entry of the
persons name and date/time they contacted us looking for work.
The branch manager would have me make
photo copies of MN Unemployment Documents where the brand manager
said that the person DID NOT Contact The Work Connection.
(I believe this is to lower the MN Unemployment bills that The Work
Connection would have to pay because I also believe that if a person
does not contact the contract firm looking for a new assignment,
they don't have to be charged with the Unemployment bills.
The Work Connection did this to save
money, but they lied on MN Government forms.
Once day I came into work and my desktop
computer was removed from my desk. I believe it was to get
that Excel Spreadsheet to remove evidence of those calls. Since they caught onto me, I quit that
Shortly after I quit I went to MN State
Attorney Generals office with my written complaint. I
also filed for MN Unemployment myself and was denied since I quit.
But I appealed after hiring an attorney that does pro-bono work (mitchellhamline.edu)
to appeal the denial ruling.
I won the appeal. I quit the
company but I still received unemployment because of the illegal
practices The Work Connection did which made it a hostel work