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Faking illness is grounds for denying unemployment comp

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in Firing,Human Resources

Employers have the right to expect their employees to be honest. When an employee is fired for lying about being sick and missing work, the employer won’t be liable for unemployment compensation payments.

Lying breaches every employee’s duty to be honest.

Recent case: Anthony drove a sanitation truck. After a heavy snowfall, he told a co-worker he planned to call in sick the next day, knowing that it would have been a long workday on account of road conditions.

Anthony did call in sick and was fired. He applied for unemployment benefits, but was rejected. The court said that the employer was within its right to fire Anthony, who breached his duty to be honest. That amounts to willful misconduct, which made him ineligible for unemployment benefits. (Velde v. Randy’s Sanitation, No. A11-1113, Court of Appeals of MN, 2012)

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elisabethavery July 22, 2012 at 3:18 am

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