The Unemployment Insurance Act recently underwent changes that may benefit employers, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said recently.
One key change includes a repeal of a law imposing a 0.3 percent surcharge on all taxable employers, making it harder for employees terminated for misconduct to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
The changes will make terminated employees ineligible for benefits for such reasons as damaging the employer's property through negligent conduct; consuming alcohol or using illegal or non-prescribed drugs during work hours in violation of employer policies; providing false information in an employment application; endangering the safety of self or co-workers through negligent conduct; knowingly, repeatedly violating written attendance policies; disobeying the employer's reasonable and lawful instructions, unless the refusal is due to lack of ability, skills or training or if the requested action would be deemed unsafe; and failure to maintain required licenses, registrations and certifications legally required for the job.
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