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No unemployment comp for job lost due to absenteeism

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in Employee Benefits Program,FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

An Ohio appeals court has issued a common-sense decision that shows you have the right to expect employees to show up for work. It said that absenteeism is just cause for termination and disqualifies the employee from getting unemployment benefits.

Recent case:
Amber Bradley was frequently absent from work, but seldom provided a medical or other excuse. When she was terminated, she applied for benefits and complained that her absences were related to things like her child’s illness or medical appointments. But the employer showed that Bradley only turned in excuses for a few absences.

The court said she was fired for just cause and not entitled to unemployment comp benefits. (Marchese v. Bradley, No. 12-08-06, Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2009)

Final note:
Be sure to track absences and keep excuses on file. That way, you have a solid record to support your termination decision.

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