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House gives final passage to unemployment change

The Missouri House of Representatives has given final passage to a bill that will allow employers to manage their businesses and workforces as necessary.

By a 107-45 margin, the House Tuesday sent Senate Bill 510 to Governor Nixon’s desk. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit) redefines “misconduct” and “good cause” for the purposes of disqualification from unemployment benefits.

The bill passed the Senate easily earlier this session, but AIM and several other groups and legislators waited to see if the definitions included in the bill passed muster with the U.S. Department of Labor. If not, and the legislature passed the bill, Missouri businesses could have lost their unemployment tax credits.

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor signed off on the bill’s language and the legislation moved forward.

“This bill has been a long time coming,” said Associated Industries of Missouri president Ray McCarty. “Currently, the balance between workers and employers in unemployment appeals is out of balance. This bill will help protect employers from having to pay unemployment to employees who were dismissed for good cause.”

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