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  •  The bill makes it illegal to make unemployment (3+ / 0-)
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    itself as a criteria.  What you describe is a certain type of unemployment and someone fired for theft could not be bonded and you could always make that a criteria for the position, or someone fired for being chronically late wouldn't qualify because you needed someone that was reliable.  It is meant to prevent discrimination against people that were laid off through no fault of the own during economic downturns.  So many employers treat employee's as disposable which has huge ramifications for this countries economic well being.  It is time more of them were more heavily penalized for the practice.

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      It is meant to prevent discrimination against people that were laid off through no fault of the own during economic downturns.

      Here's the problem.

      Let's say you run a company with 50 employees that do more or less the same job and get paid more or less the same. The economy takes a nose dive, so you have to lay off 5 of them. Which 5 do you choose? If you're not a union contract shop, you're going to pick the 5 weakest performers of your workers. These people were laid off through "no fault" of their own... other than being the weakest performers at their jobs.

      Now, pretend you're a manager at a competing company hiring for the same position, do you want to hire the unemployed weakest performers of the other company, or do you want to try to steal their high performers (still employed) instead?

      That's what makes this issue such a thorny and problematic one.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
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      by Sparhawk on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 05:37:06 PM PDT

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    •  Isn't it true, though (1+ / 0-)
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      that prospective employers usually can't find out why someone was fired unless the candidate discloses it?

      As far as I know the companies I've worked for only disclosed the dates that someone worked for them and their job title, nothing more.

      Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

      by denise b on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 10:05:20 PM PDT

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