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Toughening Up Rules for Employee Misconduct

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – Missouri lawmaker wants to expand and toughen up the rules surrounding on-the-job employee misconduct.

Missouri law currently defines employee misconduct as breaking an employer’s rules deliberately. Republican Senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit, has introduced a measure that would include accidental violations unless the employee could prove ignorance of the rule’s existence.

Kraus also wants to expand the definition of “misconduct to include violations of an employer’s rules outside the workplace and on an employee’s own time. This new bill dealing with employee misconduct would also disqualify people from receiving unemployment benefits. Kraus’ bill has been endorsed by a Senate committee and could be debated by the full chamber in the coming weeks.

Misconduct bill is SB816

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