Some states are making it easier for Americans to collect unemployment benefits if they're fired for being unvaccinated against Covid-19.
The governors of Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee signed laws in recent weeks that change eligibility rules for jobless benefits. Workers in these states who lose a job for refusing to comply with a workplace Covid-19 vaccine mandate now qualify for benefits.
That runs counter to typical state rules, which generally disallow aid if workers are fired for failing to adhere to certain workplace policies, whether related to vaccine requirements or mandatory drug tests, for example, according to labor experts.
Three of the states (Florida, Iowa and Tennessee) are helmed by Republican governors. Kansas' governor is a Democrat.