Does anyone know when it would be safe to quit my job in Maryland to follow a military spouse
My family and I are packing up to move out of state. We currently live in Maryland and I will be quitting my job to join my husband who is in the Army. I know that Maryland will allow me to collect unemployment, but they don’t give any details as to when I can quit. I am hoping to leave my job at the end of March. My husband does not report to his next station until the end of May. This is an overseas move which requires a lot of work and time. I know that some states deny unemployment benefits if a spouse quits too early, but I can’t find any additional info for Maryland. I would hate to be denied benefits if they feel that I quit to early. Anybody have experience with this in Maryland?
I would be nervous too about quitting a job three full months prior to the transfer.
But, I did a bit of poking around the Maryland precedent decision manual to see if I could find anything mentioning your sort of situation.
Pickin’s were slim so I do hope someone who has experience with following a military spouse and quitting a job in MD will pipe up and give us both an answer about what you might expect.
What I did find about voluntarily quitting in MD
“Spouses of military personnel who lose their sponsorship and therefore become legally unable to continue in their jobs are not subject to a disqualification under Section 8-1001 of the law. Matthews v. U.S.A. – F.A. Center, Europe, 2279-BR-83.”
I have no idea what they mean by losing sponsorship, but I’m repeating it here because it mentioned Europe and what looks like a section of MD UI law and possibly, some sort of military tribunal decision .. possibly standing in for the DETR .. since it is Matthews vs. U.S.A.
However, there’s was some stuff above the very small reference to VQs for military spouses about quitting to follow any other kind of spouse, It was concerning considering your plan is to quit three months prior to the transfer and relocation ..
I think to be on the safe side, I too would assume the quit would be subject to heavy scrutinization for good cause, or potentially, a valid reason for such an early departure, not to mention the fact that once you’re in Europe .. there a little issue of being able, available and looking for employment subject to UI coverage .. aside from the likely place .. working as a civilian for the US military.
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