Personal business at work? That’s misconduct

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Employees who violate rules against doing personal business at work are engaging in misconduct. That can make them ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Recent case: Christopher worked part time for a company that provides in-home medical care. He also went to school and frequently tried to do homework and read textbooks during down time at work. He was warned that he wasn’t allowed to conduct personal business while on the clock, but he ignored the rule.

The company fired Christopher and he applied for unemployment. The company argued he was guilty of misconduct and therefore ineligible.

The court agreed. Employers can expect employees to perform work, not engage in personal tasks like reading or doing homework. (Evans v. Life by Design, No. A12-0815, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2012)

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