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SECTION 2-406: DISCHARGE FOR MISCONDUCT
§ 2-406. Discharge for misconduct
A. An individual shall be disqualified for benefits if he or she has been discharged for misconduct connected with his or her last work. If discharged for misconduct, the employer shall have the burden to prove that the employee engaged in misconduct as defined by this section. Such burden of proof is satisfied by the employer, or its designated representative, providing a signed affidavit, or presenting such other evidence which properly demonstrates the misconduct which resulted in the discharge. Once this burden is met, the burden then shifts to the discharged employee to prove that the facts are inaccurate or that the facts as stated do not constitute misconduct as defined by this section. Disqualification under this section shall continue for the full period of unemployment next ensuing after he or she has been discharged for misconduct connected with his or her work and until such individual has become reemployed and has earned wages equal to or in excess of ten (10) times the weekly benefit amount.
B. Acts which constitute misconduct under this section shall be limited to the following:
1. Any intentional act or omission by an employee which constitutes a material or substantial breech of the employee's job duties or responsibilities or obligations pursuant to his or her employment or contract of employment;
2. Unapproved or excessive absenteeism or tardiness;
3. Indifference to, breach of, or neglect of the duties required which result in a material or substantial breach of the employee's job duties or responsibilities;
4. Actions or omissions that place in jeopardy the health, life, or property of self or others;
7. Violation of a law; or
8. A violation of a policy or rule enacted to ensure orderly and proper job performance or for the safety of self or others.
C. Any misconduct violation as defined in subsection B of this section shall not require a prior warning from the employer. As long as the employee knew, or should have reasonably known, that a rule or policy of the employer was violated, the employee shall not be eligible for benefits.
D. Any finding by a state or federal agency of any failure by the employee to meet the applicable civil, criminal or professional standards of the employee's profession shall create a rebuttable presumption of such misconduct, and benefits shall be denied, unless the employee can show, with clear and convincing evidence, that such misconduct did not occur, or the Commission determines that such failure did not constitute misconduct as defined herein.
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