Julie Badel, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Chicago office, was featured in the Cook County Record, in “Amended Law, Court Case Help Companies Challenging Unemployment Claims.”
Following is an excerpt:
These circumstances, in turn, will be subject to further interpretation in future cases, Badel said, adding that the changes in the law should result in more litigation as more employers file protests of questionable unemployment claims based on the wider number of disqualifying situations.
“Prior to these amendments, employers had to show that the employee did something intentional,” Badel said, explaining that substantial evidence of willful behavior – going beyond poor performance – was needed. She indicated that the changes will make it easier to disqualify undeserving workers from getting benefits.
Ms. Badel also co-authored a client advisory article on this topic titled “Illinois Legislative Changes and a State Supreme Court Decision Substantially Help Employers Challenge Unemployment Claims.”