Hi, So last week I was late for work 2 days. 10 minutes, and 20 minutes late on separate days. I thought I had punched in for those days. So on Sunday (my last day of work) I wasn't sure if I had punched in or not for that day. So I went to the back room and logged on a portal that takes you to a page to where you can view your punches. Well instead of not punching in that day, it turns out that the days that I were late for were missing, but there were punches in for a couple of days, so I assumed that those were my late days, and I accidentally wrote down that I was on time for those days. I overlooked the log because I was in a hurry to get out of work. After touching base with my boss, he corrected the hours. We sat down and had a talk, he said that because the punch log is a legal document, that he has to investigate it with HR. I came back in later that day because I forgot my tips, and noticed that I had an extra 10 minutes for my hours logged that week. Today I went back to double check my punches, and he only corrected on of the 2 days that we confirmed that I was late for. I work at Starbucks by the way, and I have been there for 3 years.
In Indiana, the rule is that if your are unemployed THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN, you are eligible for unemployment. In other words, if you quit VOLUNTARILY (WITHOUT GOOD CAUSE), you do NOT get unemployment.
If you are terminated, and it's for something you knew (or should have known) might get you fired, then you do NOT get unemployment.
If you are terminated for something that you wouldn't have known would be grounds for termination (for example, making a personal telephone call while on your lunch break), then you would get unemployment.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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