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Unemployment: Businesses Opposing More Claims

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Feb 12, 2009 | 0 Comments

Here's an article from the Washington Post suggesting that employers are becoming more aggressive in opposing former employees' claims for unemployment benefits.  One reason: saving money in a tough economy.  Successful unemployment claims increase an employer's future premiums, so it makes financial sense for businesses to oppose claims where they think the employee is not deserving of the benefit.

As the article points out, a prime area for conflict is whether the employee was fired for misconduct.  If so, no benefits.  And the definition of misconduct may be changing in favor of employers.  Good reason for employees to avoid any charge that misconduct justifies their termination.

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...


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