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Illinois Legislative Changes and a State Supreme Court Decision Substantially Help Employers Challenge Unemployment Claims

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Two recent developments substantially affect unemployment benefits in Illinois. First, on January 3, 2016, the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act (820 ILCS 405/602(A)) (“Act”) was amended to make it much easier for employers...more

Illinois Supreme Court Narrows Misconduct Disqualification for Unemployment Benefits

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act (Act) provides that employees who are discharged for "misconduct" are ineligible for unemployment benefits. In Petrovic v. Department of Employment Security, 2016 IL 118562, decided...more

Insubordination Can Disqualify an Employee From Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Unemployment compensation is a form of social insurance. Workers who lose their jobs receive benefits – which are less than they earned when employed – to provide a level of income while transitioning to the next job. ...more

Should An Employer Fight Unemployment? The Debate Continues . . .

You may remember that I stirred up some contentiousness a few weeks ago when I suggested that employers should not challenge unemployment claims except in the worst cases. ...more

Calling Your Boss A Clown: No Laughing Matter

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

A Pennsylvania man lost his job in September 2012 and is now without unemployment compensation. Why? He called his boss a "clown."...more

Arizona Court Of Appeals Decision Highlights Employer’s Burden Of Proving Disqualification From Unemployment Benefits

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion overturning the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board’s denial of unemployment benefits to an employee who was terminated for excessive tardiness. ...more

Employee's History Of Absenteeism Sufficient To Deny UC Benefits Even If Final Incident Justified

Historically, in determining whether an employee discharged for absenteeism and tardiness was eligible for unemployment compensation benefits, the court’s analysis had focused on the final incident that led to termination....more

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