Legislators patch jobless benefits agency problems

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

January 14, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina workers will have a harder time getting unemployment benefits if they're fired for good reason under legislation that has been approved by lawmakers.

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday for a temporary state law change that makes it clear the state will not pay jobless benefits to workers when employers prove the workers engaged in gross misconduct.

That includes damaging property, drug use, insubordination or sleeping on the job.

The changes also say the Employment Security Commission will have to provide more information about its handling of claims and appeals.

The legislation will get final approval in the House Friday and go to the Senate.

Legislators also plan a more extensive overhaul of the commission this year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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