Will accepting a job, or refusing an offer of work, mess up your right to collect, or continue collecting unemployment benefits?
This was one of the more important unemployment question I had to ask myself at the beginning of my personal unemployment experience .
Ever wondered what a discouraged worker really means? Or, how the unemployment rate went down without new jobs surpassing job losers?
Well, in short the discouraged couldn't prove something. Likely one of the following.
By the way, to those actively seeking work and thinking keeping up with that job search log is a waste of time .. think again. (Do a search for random job search audit).
Here is the general criteria for suitable work (found at DOLETA) and everyone, should consider it's implications before accepting a job.
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."
Finding suitable work is your job and the payment is benefits.
Proving why you refused, or accepted and quit a job, maybe because it wasn't what you were led to believe at the time you accepted, along with record keeping is your responsibility and is of consequence to the future of everyone's continuing entitlement to collect unemployment.
A refusal of suitable work while collecting unemployment benefits becomes an issue of law that stops the payment of benefits, in addition, if you accepted a job so you could stop collecting unemployment .. it will as tough to start receiving benefits as it is for anyone that has the burden to prove good cause for voluntarily quitting a suitable job.
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