Kinze Manufacturing, based in Williamsburg, Iowa just outside of Iowa City, terminated 215 of its 850 workers this week.  The company blames economic reasons and an inability to retain all employees.  Kinze manufactures farm equipment and points to sluggish sales in equipment and the declining prices of corn and soybeans as the basis for the need to eliminate a large segment of their workforce.  The employees retained also suffered from reduced work hours in order for the company to save money.  The company says they will be able to return the employees to full time work soon, but the employees who were terminated are without luck.  Many will seek unemployment benefits, which should be granted since the separation from employment was through no fault of their own, but it is hard to say whether benefits will be granted in every case.  If you need help seeking unemployment benefits, call us today to discuss the merits of your case.

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