Tougher jobless benefits rules for SC get approval

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina workers fired for good cause would have a tougher time collecting jobless benefits under a measure legislators have endorsed.

A Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry subcommittee Wednesday approved a resolution that says workers found to be drinking, using drugs, sleeping, stealing or damaging employer property would not get benefits.

The resolution now going to the full committee was approved by the House on a 112-1 vote in January.

The Senate panel did soften some of the language. For instance, it backed away from a penalty that said workers fired for poor attitudes would lose benefits for 10 weeks. Columbia Sen. Joel Lourie said that standard is too subjective.

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