New Missouri law ends incentives for bad workplace behavior

Missouri Chamber

You shouldn’t be rewarded for bad behavior. That’s the principle behind a new law—a victory for the Missouri business community—that will ensure our state’s employers will no longer be required to pay unemployment benefits to workers who are fired after willfully breaking workplace rules.

The new law, Senate Bill 510, changes Missouri’s standards that dictate which employees are allowed to receive unemployment compensation upon termination. Previously, Missouri’s unemployment benefits laws were far too inclusive, effectively rewarding some employees who broke workplace rules. Senate Bill 510 was sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit.

“As we’ve worked to attract business development, Missouri’s unemployment compensation situation has been a glaring black eye for our state. What business would choose to invest in a state where the law requires you to reward negligent employees?” asked Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “Passing this bill brings more fairness to our system. This…

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