What is Good Cause to Quit Your Job
and Collect Unemployment Benefits? 

If you quit your job and need to collect unemployment, you must understand the burden of proof will be on you to prove something.

The basic premise of proving quitting a job was with good cause is to show you were desirous of retaining employment by proving you exhausted efforts to preserve the employment, but for some reason, your reason for quitting became attributable to the employer.

Although I realize what I just told you may be cause enough for many of you to hit the back button, it brings up the major flaw found with many claims with good cause, but precipitated by a premature voluntary quit.  

Voluntary is rather misleading word that has nothing to do with what most states expect you to prove to receive unemployment benefits AFTER you quit, including states not included in the chart below.

Unemployment laws in states not requiring your reason to quit as being attributed to the employer, may also allow benefits for a personal reason that forced the quit under necessitous and compelling circumstances.

Necessitous and compelling can also be a Gotcha phrase. 

Necessitous and compelling are often attributable to the work, or the employer as well .. and therefore, you still have something to prove when it comes to your efforts to preserve the employment, or your efforts to remove the personal conditions, or roadblocks now compelling you to think quitting is the only choice.

Okay .. it's not exactly rocket science .. but it is a quasi-legal administrative process you're dealing with to receive benefits for losing your job through no fault of your own .. so, you've got to be able to legitimately blame something, or someone else for voluntarily quitting your job whatever your reason may be .. that also satisfies how unemployment laws are intended and interpreted to work .. state by state.

When Do You Have Good Cause to Quit Your Job?

Literally, you have proof of good cause to quit a job .. before you resign.

After the fact is just a bad way to see the problem of proving your reason which may of been for a good cause reason because after you quit, it is difficult, to impossible to weight your story (testimony) with documentation (an alternate word for proof) you did try to preserve your job because you are a person seriously attached to the labor market.

An Example of How Many Employees End Up Voluntarily Quitting a Job

Let's say your employer has offered you the generous ultimatum to quit, or be fired for a not so good reason of misconduct.  

They may tell you .. "If you voluntarily quit now and give us a resignation letter, we won't fire you and we can even make you eligible for rehire at a later date".

Why would your employer be making such a generous offer?  

Granted, it may be a kind gesture for your resume and the future job hunt you're about to begin, but from my perspective .. it's also a tactic many employees fall for.

Tell me, would you be inclined to writing a glowing and thanks  for the opportunity piece of evidence for the employer , or a document that effectively shifts the burden to the employer for firing you for something other than misconduct, so you don't have to prove why your resignation letter was a farce to appease the employer who just fired you for something that may, or may not be provable as misconduct?

Resignation letters are like all documents possibly proof of something .. like what really happened vs. what someone needs to be perceived as happening for the benefit of weighting testimony at an unemployment hearing to become the most credible story told there.

Newsflash:  A voluntary quit in lieu of being terminated should be allowed to be adjudicated for what it is with regard to a different burden to prove .. a discharge for misconduct.

More About Good Cause to Quit Your Job

Getting unemployment benefits can be a distasteful affair, but the point is .. if you need to quit your job for some reason with the potential for being good cause .. you can't be the employee too afraid to protect yourself from employer tactics and strategies that literally strengthen their possibility of meeting, or rebutting a burden while  you're still employed.

To explaining to that end  here's some more about quitting a job with, or without good cause.

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My Question to you: Did your employer force you to quit your job?

The answer is in the details you tell ..