Are you considered an essential employee? Are you concerned about safety precautions at work? Is your employer threatening to contest unemployment if you quit?
If you’re able to work, the job’s there for you, under unemployment insurance law if you quit, you have to have a good reason. There has to be just cause. In other words, you’re still entitled to benefits. But only if you can prove that you had a good reason to quit. For example if your work isn’t following the prescribed coronavirus safety precautions, document everything.
Documentation is critically important
Send a letter, send an email, stating your safety concerns. Document, document, document. Make a record of all conversations, violations you may be seeing – anything and everything that gives you just cause to be concerned about safety. You cannot just quit your job then collect unemployment because of the pandemic. If your employer is following all necessary precautions, then you can elect NOT to work, but you won’t be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
Unemployment Benefits take time
It’s something unfortunately we see often with personal injury victims. When the paycheck’s not coming in, it’s scary for a lot of people and FAST. Unemployment benefits are going to take some time to receive. You have to do what’s in the best interest of you and your family – but if your employer is following all safety precautions set forth by the CDC and government, and you follow them yourself as well – then it’s reasonable to go to work, earn the paycheck and take care of your family. There are a lot of variables and many of today’s choices are not easy ones.
I always say get information. You make better choices when you have the information. That’s what we’re here for. That’s why I do so many radio call-ins, facebook live webinars, and provide you my direct email. If you have any questions or concerns about safety at your work environment, or whether you’re eligible for unemployment benefits, please email me at Joe@StanleyLawOffices.com. You’re also invited to phone our office for a FREE consultation anytime at 1-800-608-3333. We’ll be there for you. Stay safe, be well, follow the guidelines set forth for all of our safety.