Absent a Policy or Prior Warnings, Termination for Using Work Computers for Personal Use Lacks Just Cause - Unemployment News - 9/28/2016

Absent a Policy or Prior Warnings, Termination for Using Work Computers for Personal Use Lacks Just Cause - Unemployment News - 9/28/2016

At an employer that lacked a policy prohibiting use of its computers for personal use, who gave mixed signals regarding such use, and in the absence of prior reprimand or warning, an employee who makes use of the computers for personal use during work hours “did not exhibit sufficient fault to provide just cause for discharge for purposes of unemployment benefits.” 

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Employers and Unemployment Hearing Officers May Not Deny Benefits for Reasons Outside Those Given At the Time of Termination - Unemployment News- 7/27/2016

Employers and Unemployment Hearing Officers May Not Deny Benefits for Reasons Outside Those Given At the Time of Termination - Unemployment News- 7/27/2016

The 11th District affirms that the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission and its hearing officers are "not permitted to reference a reason for the claimant's discharge other than the reason stated by the employer."

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Employers Must Show Reliable, Substantial and Probative Evidence of Their Case - Unemployment News - 7/25/2016

Employers Must Show Reliable, Substantial and Probative Evidence of Their Case - Unemployment News - 7/25/2016

The 8th District holds that the CMHA lacked sufficient evidence to terminate an employee with just cause for taking an application envelope out of an office, when it could not should which envelope the employee took out of the office.

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Unemployment After Termination for Poor Performance

Unemployment After Termination for Poor Performance

Employees will be ineligible for unemployment compensation when terminated for poor performance and the employer shows: (1) the employee does not perform required work; (2) the employer made its expectations known at the time of hire; (3) those expectations are reasonable; and (4) the requirements of the job have not changed since the date of hire.

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Am I my brother's keeper? - Unemployment News - 4/19/2016

Am I my brother's keeper? - Unemployment News - 4/19/2016

Company found to have just cause to terminate its president when he is absent from work due to a heart attack and other medical concerns, when he did not turn in medical documentation even though he was never requested to do so by his brother, the vice-president.

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Cleaning Preschools - Unemployment Appeals - 04/08/16

Cleaning Preschools - Unemployment Appeals - 04/08/16

The First District concludes that, when presented with conflicting evidence, the Review Commission's decision awarding benefits should not be disturbed, affirming that, "the fact that reasonable minds might reach different conclusions is not basis for the reversal of the [hearing officer's] decision."

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Resigning Due to Harassment - Unemployment Appeals 4/7/2016

Resigning Due to Harassment - Unemployment Appeals 4/7/2016

The Tenth District holds that a police officer who filed sexual harassment complaints lacks just cause to resign due to a purported failure to give the employer an adequate opportunity to resolve her complaints.

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