Under investigation because switched from one part time job to another.
I live in Arkansas and I was laid off July 2009. The only employment I have been able to find is part time work. I was driving 25 miles both ways to and from the part time job. I found another part job less than 2 miles from my home, that paid the same as the other part time job, so I switched jobs. Not only will I be saving on gas every week, there is a possibility that it will go full time eventually. So no brainer, it was benefically to me to switch jobs. Now I am under “investigation” because I quit a job. I feel I had a good reason to switch jobs. Apparently there is a rule that if you leave one job to start another job, you have to do it in the same week. This was a holiday weekend (Memorial Day), my last day to work at the first job was Thursday. I didn’t start the other job till Tuesday because Monday was a holiday and I couldn’t start that Friday, because the people that would need to train me were on vacation. Do you think they will rule in my vary or do you think I will have to fight this?
Hmmm. Let me ask this question. Why didn’t you finish out the week at the job you quit .. could it be because you weren’t scheduled? Or were they closed on Monday?
Honestly, just trying to help. And see if we can make some common sense out of that rule.
They really do evaluate each case on it’s own merits .. so I don’t think that rule carries much reason for existence except to stop people from taking a few days, maybe even a week or two vacation in between jobs and collecting total UI benefits in the interim.
The system is set up to foil those who cheat, but the reality is that those same rules can cause even a person who is trying their best to improve their financial picture and therefore disconnect themselves from the need to collect inadvertently, get caught in the laid snares.
I don’t know what they will decide, but please let me know. And all I can say is .. I would fight it if what happened is all that could have happened.
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