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Missouri bill would expand threshold for unemployment benefits

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 7:30 a.m. CST; updated 9:24 a.m. CST, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — 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 states 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 said 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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