Accepting a Job is Like
Admitting It Was
 Suitable Work

Searching for and accepting a job while collecting unemployment is important because both are conditional requirements that you certify to each and every week you claim you are unemployed and entitled to receive benefits. 

But,  desperation to find a new job, seldom considers the criteria for acceptable employment nor the possible consequences,  should you quit a job and then try to go back to collecting benefits. 

This is not to say you should never quit a job that turns out to be unsuitable due to misleading information provided to you about the terms and conditions of the employment by an employer when you accepted the job, but be aware, you will have the same burden to prove good cause attributable to the work, or employment .. even if that employment lasts only one day.

Here is the general criteria provided by the USDOL as it pertains to  an issue of unemployment law called  suitable work (usually found in the issue  of voluntarily leaving work.   It's best to keep this in mind while you apply for jobs and fill out that job search record.

All states look at whether the work refused was suitable. When state laws list the criteria for suitability, they usually address the degree of risk to an individual’s health, safety, and morals; the individual’s physical fitness, prior training, experience, and earnings; the length of unemployment and prospects for securing local work in a customary occupation; and the distance of the available work from the individual’s residence. Delaware and New York make no reference to the suitability of work offered but provide for disqualification for refusals of work for which an individual is reasonably fitted. South Carolina specifies that whether work is suitable must be based on a standard of reasonableness as it relates to the particular individual involved."

Back to Suitable Work Q&As

Back to All Eligibility Q&As

Special Provisions for Temporary Workers of Staffing Agencies

Job Search and Occupational Training Resource