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Title XVIII LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Chapter 288

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  *288.060.  Benefits, how paid — wage credits — limitation on duration of benefits — benefits due decedent — benefit warrants cancelled, when — electronic funds transfer system, allowed — remote claims filing procedures required, contents, duties. — 1.  All benefits shall be paid through employment offices in accordance with such regulations as the division may prescribe.

  2.  Each eligible insured worker who is totally unemployed in any week shall be paid for such week a sum equal to his or her weekly benefit amount.

  3.  Each eligible insured worker who is partially unemployed in any week shall be paid for such week a partial benefit.  Such partial benefit shall be an amount equal to the difference between his or her weekly benefit amount and that part of his or her wages for such week in excess of twenty dollars, and, if such partial benefit amount is not a multiple of one dollar, such amount shall be reduced to the nearest lower full dollar amount.  For calendar year 2007 and each year thereafter, such partial benefit shall be an amount equal to the difference between his or her weekly benefit amount and that part of his or her wages for such week in excess of twenty dollars or twenty percent of his or her weekly benefit amount, whichever is greater, and, if such partial benefit amount is not a multiple of one dollar, such amount shall be reduced to the nearest lower full dollar amount.  Pay received by an eligible insured worker who is a member of the organized militia for training or duty authorized by Section 502(a)(1) of Title 32, United States Code, shall not be considered wages for the purpose of this subsection.

  4.  The division shall compute the wage credits for each individual by crediting him or her with the wages paid to him or her for insured work during each quarter of his or her base period or twenty-six times his or her weekly benefit amount, whichever is the lesser.  In addition, if a claimant receives wages in the form of termination pay or severance pay and such payment appears in a base period established by the filing of an initial claim, the claimant may, at his or her option, choose to have such payment included in the calendar quarter in which it was paid or choose to have it prorated equally among the quarters comprising the base period of the claim.  For the purpose of this section, wages shall be counted as wage credits for any benefit year, only if such benefit year begins subsequent to the date on which the employing unit by whom such wages were paid has become an employer.  The wage credits of an individual earned during the period commencing with the end of a prior base period and ending on the date on which he or she filed an allowed initial claim shall not be available for benefit purposes in a subsequent benefit year unless, in addition thereto, such individual has subsequently earned either wages for insured work in an amount equal to at least five times his or her current weekly benefit amount or wages in an amount equal to at least ten times his or her current weekly benefit amount.

  **5.  The duration of benefits payable to any insured worker during any benefit year shall be limited to:

  (1)  Twenty weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is nine percent or higher;

  (2)  Nineteen weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is between eight and one-half percent and nine percent;

  (3)  Eighteen weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is eight percent up to and including eight and one-half percent;

  (4)  Seventeen weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is between seven and one-half percent and eight percent;

  (5)  Sixteen weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is seven percent up to and including seven and one-half percent;

  (6)  Fifteen weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is between six and one-half percent and seven percent;

  (7)  Fourteen weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is six percent up to and including six and one-half percent;

  (8)  Thirteen weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is below six percent.  

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As used in this subsection, the phrase "Missouri average unemployment rate" means the average of the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rates as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the time periods of January first through March thirty-first and July first through September thirtieth.  The average of the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rates for the time period of January first through March thirty-first shall be effective on and after July first of each year and shall be effective through December thirty-first.  The average of the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rates for the time period of July first through September thirtieth shall be effective on and after January first of each year and shall be effective through June thirtieth; and

  (9)  The provisions of this subsection shall become effective January 1, 2016.

  6.  In the event that benefits are due a deceased person and no petition has been filed for the probate of the will or for the administration of the estate of such person within thirty days after his or her death, the division may by regulation provide for the payment of such benefits to such person or persons as the division finds entitled thereto and every such payment shall be a valid payment to the same extent as if made to the legal representatives of the deceased.

  7.  The division is authorized to cancel any benefit warrant remaining outstanding and unpaid one year after the date of its issuance and there shall be no liability for the payment of any such benefit warrant thereafter.

  8.  The division may establish an electronic funds transfer system to transfer directly to claimants' accounts in financial institutions benefits payable to them pursuant to this chapter.  To receive benefits by electronic funds transfer, a claimant shall satisfactorily complete a direct deposit application form authorizing the division to deposit benefit payments into a designated checking or savings account.  Any electronic funds transfer system created pursuant to this subsection shall be administered in accordance with regulations prescribed by the division.

  9.  The division may issue a benefit warrant covering more than one week of benefits.

  10.  Prior to January 1, 2005, the division shall institute procedures including, but not limited to, name, date of birth, and Social Security verification matches for remote claims filing via the use of telephone or the internet in accordance with such regulations as the division shall prescribe.  At a minimum, the division shall verify the Social Security number and date of birth when an individual claimant initially files for unemployment insurance benefits.  If verification information does not match what is on file in division databases to what the individual is stating, the division shall require the claimant to submit a division-approved form requesting an affidavit of eligibility prior to the payment of additional future benefits.  The division of employment security shall cross-check unemployment compensation applicants and recipients with Social Security Administration data maintained by the federal government at least weekly.  The division of employment security shall cross-check at least monthly unemployment compensation applicants and recipients with department of revenue drivers license databases.

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(L. 1951 p. 564, A.L. 1957 p. 531, A.L. 1961 p. 430, A.L. 1965 p. 420, A.L. 1984 H.B. 1251 & 1549, A.L. 1988 H.B. 1485, A.L. 1992 S.B. 626, A.L. 1993 H.B. 502, A.L. 2004 H.B. 1268 & 1211, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1456, A.L. 2011 H.B. 163, A.L. 2015 H.B. 150)

*Effective 10-16-15, see § 21.250.  H.B. 150 was vetoed on May 5, 2015. The veto was overridden by the House on May 12, 2015, and by the Senate on September 16, 2015.

*Revisor's Note: This section was declared unconstitutional in Pestka et al. v. State, see 2016 annotation below.

**Subsection 5 effective 1-01-16

(2016) Only bills returned by the Governor on or after the fifth day before the end of the regular legislative session can be taken up during September veto session, thus Senate veto session vote to override the Governor's veto of HB 150 was untimely.  Pestka et al. v. State, No. SC95369 (Mo.).


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