Unemployment compensation rules are too lax

July 17, 2013 

In a recent conversation with a restaurant owner, she voiced her frustration with Florida's unemployment compensation rules.

In cases wherein an employee has become so inefficient that customer service is detrimentally affected, discharging an employee for such conduct does not affect the employee's ability to collect unemployment compensation, which thereby affects the employer's unemployment compensation rates.

Unemployment compensation was designed to assist a worker who lost work for no fault of his or her own until another job could be obtained. However, due to government having developed the attitude of benevolence, it has now become an enabler.

Under Florida's unemployment rules if you are fired for unsatisfactory job performance, you are eligible for benefits unless you committed intentional or controllable acts, which show a deliberate disregard of the employer's interest.

In other words, you don't have to be able to perform your job tasks if you are just too sorry to care so long as you don't do it intentionally.

With such lax standards, it is easy to see why the unemployment rate is so high.

If one can continue to get compensation without finding a job in which your skills or lack thereof will fit, there is no reason to expend the energy and effort it takes to perform work that benefits both the employee and employer.

As Charles Reynolds Brown, the former dean of Yale Divinity School, observed, "We have too many people who live without working, and we have altogether too many people who work without living."

If you cannot take pride in your job performance, you have no pride.

D. Merrill Adams


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