When employees voluntarily quit, they are oftentimes ineligible to receive unemployment wages. However, there are some circumstances in which the employee may still successfully submit a claim. Generally, the employee must show good cause for quitting in order to win a claim. While each case is subject to the state officer's discretion, below are examples where a voluntary quit does or does not show good cause.
Good Cause: Often resulting in the former employee receiving unemployment
- Substantial or adverse changes in terms of hire, such as lower pay, less hours, or reduced/demoted duties
- Adverse working conditions, such as denial of a lunch break
- Harassment or discrimination
- Working conditions that are unsafe or detrimental to the employee's health
- Quit to follow a spouse who was transferred elsewhere in the military
- Constructive dismissal, in which the employer makes the working conditions so unbearable that it forces the employee to quit.
May Not Constitute Good Cause: Often resulting in denial of unemployment
- Quit to attend school or stay home with children
- Quit to find another job
- Abandoned the job; no call, no show for three or more consecutive days
Nextep's HR Consultants handle unemployment for our PEO clients and will walk your company through each claim. For more information, please contact Nextep's HR Department.