A Bill to Widen Exemption on Unemployment Benefits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A  Missouri  House member is seeking to expand a law that exempts businesses from being charged for the unemployment benefits of some short-term employees.

Existing law says businesses cannot be charged for the unemployment benefits of people who earned less than $400 — a threshold that was set long before the current minimum wage.

Rep. Mike McGhee says that threshold is so low that a business could be held responsible for unemployment benefits for a worker who spent less than two weeks on the job. The Republican from Odessa is sponsoring legislation that would nearly quadruple that threshold.

His measure would require a worker to have earned at least $1,500 from a business before the employer could be held responsible for the person’s unemployment benefits.

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Link  Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

Unemployment bill is HB1066

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  1. stlmom4 says:

    THIS is a change that sounds reasonable. Working for less than 2 weeks should not qualify one for unemployment benefits.

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