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UI rate increase

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We are a small business with 10 employees in the state of WA.
We had fired an employee after repeated written (3) notices of nonperformance and refusal to work full time hours, leaving for extended periods during work hours without permission.
We received the notice from the UI department that he was collecting unemployment, and he also collected for the last two weeks prior to his firing for his “reduced hours”.
We appealed the decision since we had all the documentation with the written notices which he signed. A trial was set by a phone interview, and the decision was made that he was eligible to collect. We find this extremely unfair, our UI rate went up from 0.48 to 3.6%. Is there anything we can do?

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