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Can I Get Unemployment If I Quit?


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Question: Can I Get Unemployment If I Quit?

Answer: One of the questions I'm asked quite often is can I get unemployment if I quit a job? When you quit your job you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. In most cases, if you quit you are not eligible for unemployment. However, if you left for a good reason (technically defined as quitting for good cause) you may be able to collect unemployment benefits.

Good Cause Reasons to Quit a Job

Reasons considered good cause can include not being paid, an unsafe or unhealthy work environment, a change in your job responsibilities, discrimination, health and safety risks on the job, or some types of family emergencies. Here's a list of reasons that may be considered good cause.

Check With Your State Unemployment Office

Reasons considered good cause are determined by your state unemployment office, and it varies by state. When you file for unemployment, you will be able to make a case for why you are eligible for unemployment benefits if the employer contests your claim. If your claim is denied, you should be entitled to a hearing where you can plead your case.

If you're not sure whether you're eligible, check with your state unemployment office to determine your eligibility for unemployment compensation.

How to File an Unemployment Appeal
If your unemployment claim is denied by the state unemployment department or contested by your employer, you have the right to appeal the denial of your unemployment claim. Here's how to file an unemployment appeal.

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Quitting Your Job Articles and Advice

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