Quitting job in Michigan because of forced transfer which is an excessive distance to school.

I work at a store in Michigan. The store I was working at was about a 30 minute drive from my house. I was told on Friday that I was being transferred to another store and to report there on Monday. The new store is about 45minutes - hour drive from my house and just under 50 miles away from my original store. I requested a transfer closer to my house and was denied. I am a full time college student and my school is 60-70 miles away from the new store but only 20-30 miles from my first store. I worked from April til now and made over $10,000. If I quit because of the FORCED transfer will I be able to collect unemployment benefits. I tried to resolve the situation but they refused to transfer me.



Hi,

You will most likely not receive benefits. I'm not going to go looking for mileage limitation that may present good cause in Michigan .. because of the reason you stated the transfer is not acceptable to you.

"I am a full time college student and my school is 60-70 miles away from the new store but only 20-30 miles from my first store."

Quitting because the new store is too far away from school will be disqualifying every time. In fact giving up work because it is inconvenient due to going to school is a futile game.

Heck, you can't even refuse work while on unemployment because it would interfere with school.

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Sep 29, 2009
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How is my case not the employer changing the conditions?
by: Jason

I was forced to transfer to a location further than the one I was at. The new location is 50 miles from the original. I told them I would quit if I was not transferred and they still refused to transfer me.


Hi,

Yea, but you have never said how far the new location is from home. You only related how far it was from school, which if you were to tell the state that same thing .. they'd disqualify you.

As far as I know, you may live in between school and the new location.

Sep 29, 2009
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simular situation
by: Anonymous

I to have to make a decision of moving. Our company announced today tht it is moving from Lansing Mi to Pontiac Mi some 104 miles away 1 way. The problem is not so much as the mileage as the cost. by the time I pay for gas what do you live on..

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Hi,

Your situation is a bit different. It is the employer changing the conditions of employment.

Quitting due to the distance you will now be required to travel to get to work is a reason that is attributable to the employment. I do not believe that any state considers 104 miles a reasonable change which you would be required to accept.

Michigan Advocacy Fact Sheet There's a number at the bottom. I would think someone could give a definitive distance at which the added mileage becomes excessive.


Sep 22, 2009
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Distance from school is irrelevant
by: Jason

Im quitting because of the daily commute. The traffic is horrible due to construction and when I have to work 10 hr days, the added 2-3 hour commute is too much especially the times when I leave work at 11 and have to be back in by 7:30. The close proximity to my school was just a fact I was pointing out as I never go directly from school to work or vice versa. I figured there may be a mileage limitation that would allow me to receive benefits since I was forced to transfer about 50 miles from my original location.


You might check the Michigan UI Precedents

I've been through the voluntary quit decisions once today and I'm not recalling anything relevant to your situation. You might check Chapter 13 "Refusal of Work".

There might be a decision regarding distance under that section.

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