Do you think you had good cause to collect unemployment when you quit your job?
Good cause to voluntarily quit any at-will job becomes an issue you should be concerned about proving, if you apply for unemployment benefits.
Otherwise .. since most jobs in the United States are of the at will variety, you don't need any excuse to quit one at will.
I have never handed out permission slips not even to those that asked questions about quitting and unemployment. and I am fundamentally opposed to the very idea of blind impulse quitting, if you need unemployment benefits to survive .. even in the short-term.
Although unemployment laws present the possibility to collect benefits if good cause is found, a common error made by employees who actually had a reason for quitting, that could be thought of as good cause, is proving it was when viewed through the lens of how most state unemployment law have been interpreted to work.
Most people learn an unemployment department expect more than just a verbal story and literrally want some sort of documented proof of why the voluntary quit was also, attributable to the work, or the employer.
In effect, when you left your job .. the burden of the moving party to prove attribution of fault became yours.
In this respect, I think quitting is nothing less than a prime example of what employees don't know, or at least ignore, about being at-will employees.
Employees don't prepare to connect their reason for quitting to how unemployment works while still employed.
This manages to cause a whole lot of denied unemployment claims after a voluntary quit.. that might of otherwise had valid good cause, or self aware reasoning behind the decision to quit.
Many have learned the only thing they lacked when they applied was vital proof that was capable of showing their decision wasn't a matter of choice, but something closer to an ultimatum from an employer.
Click here to read an example of when a possible employee rights violations wasn't even good enough for a quitting to be with good cause.
Most jobs are subject to the coverage of unemployment insurance benefits and taxes being paid by employers, exclusively.
This mean it's an individual employer who suffers the tax liability and consequences for claims paid .. even when you quit.
I think it is a misnomer, that all UI laws reference quitting as voluntary. How hard could it be to come up with a term that implies the cause could be employer work related misconduct? But then, that might force employees to pay more attention to their collective employee rights.
Voluntary, fails to explain the path (documenting your efforts to preserve your job which are ignored or not dealt with correctly by an employer).
Lots of employees simply don't give much thought, or act, to acquire proof of good cause attributable to the work .. which in turn, is the reason why many employees fail to meet the burden of proof you must sustain at an unemployment hearing when they still opt to be the moving party to end the relationship.
Believe me, meeting the burden of the moving party is something best handled while an employment relationship still exists to save .. even if you don't want it to be saved.
Q&As - Did They Quit With, or Without Good Cause? Or did they simply quit without any evidence to prove good cause was present at the final incident?