How Can You Quit Your Job With Good Cause to Collect Unemployment Benefits

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First, know that the reason you quit your job must have the potential to collect unemployment benefits.  

The fact is, a majority of at will employees who may of quit for a reason with this potential which is related to unemployment law, leave their employment with a story and nothing that proves quitting was made necessitous and compelling, i.e., no witnesses who might have direct knowledge and are also willing to corroborate the reason existed, nor real evidence capable of proving remedies and effort have been exhausted to preserve their job, thus providing the teeth that show whyquitting was in fact, attributable to the work, or employer.

In a nutshell, my concern here is more for those who are initially awarded the right to collect unemployment because when an unemployment appeal hearing rolls around, it's a claimant who usually discovers why I harp about documenting incidents, action and even inaction to prove what efforts were made to resolve specific problems with the work, or an employer, to better  MEET the quasi-legal burden of proof of unemployment law to quit with good cause. 

Common Potential Good Cause Reasons People Quit Jobs

DOLETA's Nonmonetary Eligibility Charts are an excellent state by state resource that inform of the most common reasons people quit a job and how the reason is treated state by state.  For instance,  quitting a job in California to follow a spouse who accepted work in Florida, has the potential to be with good cause.  But as the charts explain, leaving Florida to follow a spouse to California only has potential for military spouses. 

And you also have to orient your evaluation of the case facts to the perspective from which UI laws are written.  As the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration tells us ....

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.) 

A lot of questions about good cause to collect unemployment, also prove many employees do not choose to focus on proving their burden, but instead keep insisting on telling the story from their emotionally cluttering perspective as if it should suffice to get unemployment .. 

Time to figure out what the relevant facts are .. and if they will hurt, or improve the way you tell the story related to the reason you quit your job and how that relates to the burden you now must prove to collect unemployment benefits after voluntarily quitting a job with good cause, because you can prove it was attributable to the fault of the work, or employer.

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