will i qualify for unemployment if i relocated, but requested a transfer? - Georgia
I worked at wal-mart for 6 years. I relocated to another city which is almost 4 hours away. I tried to transfer, the other store asked to have all my information faxed over. Then to find out that she said they had a freeze on hiring so i had to go back and get my separation papers. I had took a leave of absence for 2 weeks but I was going to have to extend the leave which would take a few days to approve. But there was still no guarantee that i would get transferred b/c while on leave you're not showing active in the system. what can i do? i redid an application for various wal-marts in my area.
I need to ask some questions. Did you quit instead of extending your leave?
Why did you have to move?
I had thought up until you said "i had to go back and get my separation papers" there might be a chance that you could shift the burden to the employer, but if they would of extended the leave....it's doubtful now.
I cannot find a Georgia decision digest, but in many states if a person needs to relocate for personal reason, (which is disqualifying in the majority of states) but they first make attempts to preserve the employment by requesting a transfer they can improve any argument that the quit was attributable to the employment.
There would be factors that the state would need to look at such as if the employer had a place of business in the locality a person is moving to. This argument does not guarantee receipt of benefits, but at least it has some legs...albeit short ones. It can shift the burden back to the employer who would need to show why they couldn't comply. If you work for a big retail outlet...like you did, and your reason for moving was compelling enough, it just may work.