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Concealment

 

Sometimes a job applicant fails to put down complete information in response to questions. Assuming you have screened your application to get rid of illegal or risky questions (see "Falsification"), it will generally be disqualifying misconduct for an applicant to have concealed information that should have been disclosed. Your chances of winning a UI claim in such a situation are improved if your application contained wording more or less like the following:

 

...I certify that all information I have supplied on this application is accurate and complete. I understand that any wrong or incomplete information on this application can lead to my not being hired or, if I am hired, to my termination from employment if discovered after hire...

 

If you hire someone and later find out there was more to their story than they told, confront them with the situation prior to termination and ask them to explain in their own words in writing what happened. Then, if termination is still appropriate, you will be able to use their written statement as valuable evidence when defending against an unemployment claim. If they do not want to give you a written statement, at least have a witness present who can testify as to any confessions the employee may give at or near the time of termination.

 

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