If employee is fired for refusing vaccine, can he still collect unemployment?

As more employers mandate the vaccine for their workers (see page 1), some employees are asking an important question: If I'm fired for refusing my company's vaccine mandate, would I still qualify for unemployment?

In general, the answer is "no." Unemployment benefits are a state-run program, and most states have rules saying that workers are not eligible for unemployment if they are fired for violating a company policy, because it is considered misconduct.

So if you have a vaccine mandate policy and the consequences for violating it are clear, employees wouldn't be eligible for UI benefits unless they are exempt from the policy for religious or medical reasons.

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