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Illness won’t bar unemployment; violating call-in policy may

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Employees who are terminated because they become ill and can’t meet attendance standards can still collect unemployment compensation benefits. But employees terminated because they didn’t follow call-in policies can’t. That’s misconduct, which bars receiving benefits.

Recent case: Diana Plante, who worked part-time as a cashier at a Target store, had health problems that forced her to miss lots of work. She was finally fired after failing to show up for three straight days without calling in.

Plante applied for unemployment compensation benefits, arguing that she was eligible because she was fired for something outside her control—being sick.

The court disagreed and said she was terminated because she violated her employer’s call-in process, not because she was sick. (Plante v. Target, No. A09-1526, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2010)

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