Company closing West Coast Operations - Resign or be fired?
I'm in a sales based role and I work for a UK based company and have been told that they are "Closing down the west coast" (I work from my house in California). This is due to insufficient sales to support our costs.
They've offered to 'let' me resign, and they'll pay me a month of severance. They have said that in future if other employers contact them, they will state that I've resigned (not fired or laid off). They aren't publicly stating that they're shutting down operations on the west coast (worried about negative publicity, I suppose).
My question is, if I do give them a letter of resignation, can I still collect unemployment? The severance would be nice, but I don't want to jeopardize my ability to collect unemployment.
I'm in California.
You know what .. I've reread your question a few times now .. and something about it is just bothering me .. it's like you've left something out.
I know you told me they want you to resign before they lay you off .. and Charles there is a difference between a layoff and being fired.
A layoff is a lack of work for which there is no argument for good cause.
A discharge on the other hand requires good cause for termination if they don't want to pay UI benefits.
Since I think I'm missing information I suggest you read the California Eligibility Guide
If being laid off or quitting with a resignation letter to receive one month severance is the choice .. I wouldn't quit because a Layoff is not a resume killer .. not these days anyway and it would probably be seen as a quit without good cause.
But it is your use of the word fired that is truly bothering me .. and what makes me think something else is going on. This is an entirely different scenario.