MILWAUKEE – A Wisconsin Republican lawmaker on Thursday, Aug. 12 introduced legislation that would allow people to get unemployment benefits if they quit a job due to not wanting to comply with an employer’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
The proposed legislation would also apply to people fired for failing to comply with an employer’s vaccine mandate. Additionally, workers who quit or were fired for not providing proof of vaccination would be eligible for unemployment benefits.
According to a news release from Rep. Ron Brooks, who introduced the measure, current state law stipulates that people fired from or who quit a job are ineligible to receive unemployment until a certain amount of time passes.
Right now the guidelines are very clear for unemployment eligibility. If you quit, you aren’t eligible – irrespective of the reason you quit. We do not want to open the door to government making value judgments for “good” and “bad” reasons to quit. I can totally see, for example, that future Democrats would expand the list of “good” reasons to include things like perceived racism, wage disputes, or political differences. This will create havoc on businesses trying to keep employees and drive up the cost of business and government.
Leave this alone. It really stinks that some people are being forced to make the very hard choice of their job or getting a vaccine, but this is not the cure.