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Poor performers still may collect unemployment

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Q. The job performance of one of our employees no longer meets our standards. While she used to be a good worker, she's now making a lot of errors, coming in late from time to time and not getting along with her co-workers. We've talked to her about these issues, but her performance has not improved. If we fire her for poor performance—which we would consider termination for cause—will she be eligible to collect unemployment compensation? —W.T., District of Columbia

A. Probably. Poor work performance is rarely enough to constitute termination for cause or misconduct that would disqualify an individual from unemployment benefits. Your best hope for defending this type of discharge for unemployment compensation purposes is to have objective measures of performance, so that the egregious nature of the deficiency can be documented.

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