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Satutory Changes in Law
Effective July 26, 2011

Minimum Weekly Benefit Amount

  • Currently indexed at 12% of average weekly wage.
  • Effective 7/1/12: Displace indexing with fixed rate of $81.

ADWS Estimated Savings: $3.5 million

Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount

  • Currently indexed at 66.6% of average weekly wage.
  • Effective 7/1/12: Displace indexing with fixed rate of $451.

ADWS Estimated Savings: $13.5 million

Weeks of eleigibility to draw benefits from State UI Fund.

  • Reduce from 26 weeks to 25 weeks

ADWS Estimated Savings: $5.0 million

Qualifying and Requalifying Wages

  • Increase from 27 times weeky benefit amount in two quarters to 25 times weekly benefit amount in two quarters.

ADWS Estimated Savings: $25.0 million

Disqualification for Misconduct

  • Delay "sunset" of current disqualification.
  • Currently disqualified until after 30 days of covered employment.
  • Upon sunset, disqualification will return to 8 week disqualification.

ADWS Estimated Savings: $19.0 million

Disqualification for Serious Misconduct

  • Includes dishonesty, willful violation of safety rules, intoxication, failing drug test.
  • Currently a 10 week disqualification.
  • Disqualification will continue until claimant earns 35 times weekly benefit amount in two quarters.

ADWS Estimated Savings: No estimate

Disqualification for Refusal to Accept Suitable Job Offer

  • Currently an 8 week disqualification.
  • Disqualification will continue until claimant has 30 days of covered employment.

ADWS Estimated Savings: $0.5 million

Definitions of Misconduct

Misconduct is violation of any behavioral standard vis-a-fis a performance standard.

Poor job performace can be misconduct.
  • Repeated acts of commision, omission or negligence that cause harm.
  • Act of commission: Intentional act within one's ability to control.
  • Act of Omission: Intentional failure to act, within one's ability.
  • Negligence: Unintentional action or inaction, within one's ability.
  • Progressive discipline has been administered.
  • Presumption of intent to perform poorly.
  • If refuse alternate suitable job offer from employer, disqualified until work 30 days of covered employment.
Attendance can be misconduct.
  • Employer has written attendance policy.
  • Policy includes progressive discipline.
  • If "no fault" policy, reasons for absence immaterial.
  • Currently, look at reasons for absences in last 12 months.

ADWS Estimated Savings: No estimate

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