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  288.042.  War on terror veterans, defined — eligible for benefits — time period — penalty — offer of similar wages — fund — rulemaking authority. — 1.  For purposes of this section, a "war on terror veteran" is a Missouri resident who serves or has served in the military and to whom the following criteria apply:

  (1)  The person is or was a member of the National Guard or a member of a United States Armed Forces reserves unit who was officially domiciled in the state of Missouri immediately prior to deployment;

  (2)  The person was deployed as part of his or her military unit at any time after September 11, 2001, and such deployment caused the person to be unable to continue working for his or her employer;

  (3)  The person was employed either part time or full time before deployment; and

  (4)  A Missouri court or United States district court located in Missouri has found that the person was discharged from or laid off from his or her nonmilitary employment during deployment or within thirty days after the completion of his or her deployment.

  2.  Notwithstanding any provisions of sections 288.010 to 288.500, any war on terror veteran shall be entitled to receive veterans' unemployment compensation benefits under this section.  A war on terror veteran shall be entitled to a weekly benefit amount of eight percent of the wages paid to the war on terror veteran during that calendar quarter during which the war on terror veteran earned the highest amount within the five completed calendar quarters during which the war on terror veteran received wages immediately before deployment.  The maximum amount of a weekly benefit amount shall be one thousand one hundred fifty-three dollars and sixty-four cents.

  3.  A war on terror veteran shall be entitled to a weekly benefit amount for twenty-six weeks.  The division of employment security shall pursue recovery of overpaid unemployment compensation benefits against any person receiving such overpaid benefits through billing, setoffs against state tax refunds, setoffs against federal tax refunds to the extent permitted by federal law, intercepts of lottery winnings under section 313.321, and collection efforts as provided for in sections 288.160, 288.170, and 288.175.

  4.  Any employer who is found in any Missouri court or United States district court located in Missouri to have terminated, demoted, or taken an adverse employment action against a war on terror veteran due to his or her absence while deployed shall be subject to an administrative penalty in the amount of thirty-five thousand dollars.  The director of the division of employment security shall take judicial notice of judgments in suits brought under the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (38 U.S.C.  4301).  Such judgments may be considered to have a res judicata effect on the director's determination.  The administrative penalty shall be collectible in the manner provided in sections 288.160 and 288.170.

  5.  A war on terror veteran shall be considered to have been discharged from his or her employment if he or she is not offered the same wages, benefits, and similar work schedule upon his or her return after deployment.

  6.  There is hereby created in the state treasury the "War on Terror Unemployment Compensation Fund", which shall consist of money collected under this section and such other state funds appropriated by the general assembly.  The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund and shall approve disbursements from the fund in accordance with sections 30.170 and 30.180.  Upon appropriation, money in the fund shall be used solely for the administration, including payment of benefits and refunds, of this section.  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund.  The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the fund in the same manner as other funds are invested.  Any interest and money earned on such investments shall be credited to the fund.

  7.  The division of employment security may promulgate rules to enforce this section.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2006, shall be invalid and void.

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(L. 2006 H.B. 1456, A.L. 2007 S.B. 433, A.L. 2008 H.B. 2041)

Effective 10-01-08


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