unemployment benefits

3:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bill would shorten time to collect unemployment when state's rate is low

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Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to legislation that would tie the amount of weeks a person can receive unemployment insurance to the state's jobless rate.

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2:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri Senate approves bill changing unemployment benefits

The legislation would change the definition of misconduct and how some Missouri workers collect unemployment benefits from the state.
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Republican lawmakers are trying again to limit the ability of Missouri workers to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for alleged misconduct.

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8:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Nixon says Mo. to pay off unemployment debt early

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri employers could save $186 million in federal taxes after a revised projection indicates money borrowed to pay jobless benefits will be repaid early.

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5:03 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

State businesses paying more for jobless benefits

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Missouri businesses will pay higher unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down a state debt to the federal government.

Missouri began borrowing from the federal government in 2008 to pay jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state's unemployment benefits trust fund. That debt has remained outstanding for several years.

Businesses are paying a surcharge of $42 per employee this year to help pay down that debt. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says businesses will have to pay $63 per employee in 2014.

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9:24 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. Senate approves unemployment changes

People fired for sleeping on the job and missing work could have a harder time getting unemployment benefits under a bill endorsed by the Missouri Senate.

The Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure expanding the definition of "misconduct" in the workplace. The change would make it harder for people to qualify for unemployment insurance after they are fired.

Supporters say the bill will protect businesses from liability and give them more freedom to fire employees who misbehave at work.