The state Senate has passed a bill to restrict some unemployed people from getting state-issued jobless benefits.
The proposed law says anyone fired for misconduct will not be able to collect the 20 available weeks of state unemployment benefits.
The bill defines how to deal with these types of claims, making it more consistent with federal law, according to Senate sponsors. The bill says there must be clear misconduct which shows intentional disregard or wrongful intent toward the interests of the employer.
Right now, these employees would still qualify for payouts though they may have lost their jobs for good reason.
Yet in SC, where employees can be fired at will, this proposed measure also protects unemployment benefits for someone fired for “mere inefficiency, unsatisfactory conduct, failure in good performance as the result of inability or incapacity, inadvertencies, or ordinary negligence in isolated instances, or good-faith errors in judgment or discretion are not misconduct for the purposes of this item.”
Upstate Senators Lee Bright, Kevin Bryant, and others say that this is a move that could save the unemployment system $50 million per year.