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Some new FAQ's from the Department of Labor about unemployment during the Coronavirus

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The Department of Labor has added some new Frequently Asked Questions. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Questions and Answers

Question 1: Can I quit my job to collect unemployment and the $600 weekly FPUC payment?
Answer: Missouri’s regular unemployment insurance program continues to be in effect. Under Missouri unemployment law, most people who are currently employed and quit are not eligible for unemployment benefits. If an employer offers sick leave and/or other leave or remote work options to address COVID-19 in lieu of layoffs, then a person who quits on his/her own volition would not qualify for unemployment benefits. At this point, no federal legislation changes this part of Missouri’s program eligibility for unemployment. Quitting without good cause to obtain additional funds under the regular unemployment program or the CARES Act qualifies as fraud. If an individual obtains benefits through fraud, the individual is ineligible for any additional benefit payments, must pay back the benefits received and is subject to criminal prosecution. A poster is available here

Question 2:  What if an employee refuses to return to work?  Will they still be eligible for unemployment benefits?
Answer: 
Missouri’s regular unemployment insurance program continues to be in effect. Under Missouri unemployment law, refusing to return to work without good cause to obtain additional funds under the regular unemployment program or the CARES Act qualifies as fraud. If an individual obtains benefits through fraud, the individual is ineligible for any additional benefit payments, must pay back the benefits received and is subject to criminal prosecution. A poster is available here. The employer will be an interested party to a refusal of suitable work if the employer files a written protest within 10 days of the refusal. For additional details, visit https://labor.mo.gov/DES/Employers/employer_protest

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Posted Date: 2020-04-16

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