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The Reason You Quit Your Job With Good Cause Should Still Be Proven as Attributable to the Work, or an Employer

Because those who resign from employment are the moving party assigned the burden to prove good cause, may learn what they could of done differently to quit a job with good cause .. after that deed is done, to actually give themselves the capacity, or ability if you will, to rise to the standard of law required for unemployment benefits to be collected, when they meet the burden of proving .. not just stating, good cause was attributable to the work, or an employer.

I'm trying to tell you upfront that the very reason most are unable to sustain their burden of good cause is the same reason employers appeal voluntary quit initial determinations allowing benefits .. even when the employee might of had good cause.

An inability to prove the cause even existed.

In other words, if you voluntarily quit a job, you may of actually had a good reason that gave you the possibility of elevating proof of cause to the standard of law required, but fall short on proving because you lack a good reason, or documentation and/or corroborating testimony, that also proves your exhausted efforts to  preserve your job first.

Prove what?  That it was the employer at fault of course, because that's the party that left you with no alternative, but to OBJECTIVELY see quitting as your last recourse for unemployment benefits, while you seek suitable work to replace your last job.

I know I may sound like the biggest party pooper ever .. but the fact is, unemployment benefits when quitting .. just like firing an employee, are connected to the employment it's terms, conditions, and the final incident an unemployment department must ask for answers focused on what you think caused you to  move to end the relationship .. as well as the employer when the dept. sends the notice of claim filed to them .. for an initial response.

I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but to encourage employees to start thinking objectively about their responsibility during the process of allowing and denying benefits.    

The reason why you quit your job is ultimately, subject to administrative law rules and regulations full of reasonable interpretations of how and why places fault at the feet of the employer, therefore .. is does little good when an individual with questions about quitting a job, takes the well worn path of feeling their way through the process, up to and including that first unemployment hearing where your burden of proof is fully explored for relevant facts to the cause .. to know if it should be affirmed as good, or questioned by an employer who appealed to not meet the standard of law for good cause.

If a resignation letter makes no mention of your cause .. or your efforts, you can now consider it a valuable document in support of an employer's rebuttal argument you didn't give them an opportunity (or a warning about your issue with the work, or an employer) so they might try to correct some good cause problem  .. how could you resigning .. possibly be an employer's fault.

If your resignation was a  quit in lieu of being fired, you're on the wrong page.  What you're looking for what is whether the employer can prove good cause to fire you for misconduct.  At least, this is  how unemployment insurance law should adjudicate a quit in lieu of discharge .. as a discharge for work related misconduct.

Common Personal Reasons to Quit Your Job via Unemployment Insurance Law Comparisons

DOLETA's Nonmonetary Eligibility Charts are a good free resource if you need to see how state unemployment laws compare when it come to giving you accessibility to having good cause for personal reasons people quit their jobs.

Then again,  the questions you might detect when you read between all those lines, can leave you wanting for more personal explanations about quitting with good cause ..

If you've already been denied benefits in one of those states the charts show as not requiring good cause attributable to the employer, but still necessitous and compelling personal cause, you might of learned already those two words are still found in your ability to shift the fault for the reason of voluntarily quitting .. to the employer anyway.

That unemployment laws are not created equally state to state, is just one more reason why we (and yes, I mean I too can be confused by a determination, or decision) remain so confused .. at least until we notice there might be an unemployment precedent related to the same cause as our for leaving a job.   

DOLETA's  explanation of how good cause is connected to how state laws are written differently.

Good Cause for Voluntarily Leaving—In all states, individuals who leave their work voluntarily must have good cause if they are not to be disqualified.

In many states, good cause is explicitly restricted to good cause connected with the work, attributable to the employer, or involving fault on the part of the employer. However, in a state where good cause is not explicitly linked to the work, the state may interpret its law to include good personal cause or it may limit it to good cause related to work. Since a state law limiting good cause to the work is more restrictive, it may contain specific exceptions that are not necessary in states recognizing good personal cause. (For example, an explicit provision not disqualifying an individual who quits to accompany a spouse to a new job might not be necessary in a state that recognizes good personal cause; it would be necessary in a state restricting good cause to that related to the work.) 

What  this explanation doesn't explain is .. how you are expected to prove the truth of your efforts to preserve by documenting your actions .. and  possibly having to counter document actions taken by an employer to avoid being perceived as the party at fault for a voluntary leaving of employment for a good cause personal reason.

But again, this refusal of employees to do anything constructive to prove the efforts they made .. which in turn prove they were desirous of retaining a job until more efforts would of been futile to another similar reasonable person .. is what often comes back to bite .. after filing a claim.

And the underlying lack of effort .. and even good reasons connected to the job .. are proven in hundreds of questions I've answered about quitting a job and proving good cause to do so.


Please contact me  if you'd like to be referred to a professional unemployment hearing rep I just so happen to know, I can help find a hearing rep for the states listed here

Your case will first receive a free evaluation .. before a quote for representation can be offered.

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