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Old 12-30-2010, 08:31 PM
Location: Morris County
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I live in New Jersey. From January 2009 - April 2010 I worked full time in retail. In October of 2009 I was hospitalized for a serious and rare condition I didn't know I had, and I had temporary disability for a month. In May 2010 I left my job because I couldn't deal with the late nights and standing all the time. I moved 40 miles away and started working temp jobs in the beginning of July. Since August I have been working the same long-term temp job. They haven't formally offered a position but have mentioned offhand that coming to work for them is an option. I am afraid if I do so, I will have problems because of my frequent doctor appointments (at least once a month).

I know I worked the base weeks necessary and met the income requirement for unemployment. My question is, if I am laid off from the temp job do I qualify for UI even though I left my previous job voluntarily due to discomfort and an impending move? Also, if I am laid off from this job, and get another short-term temp job, where does that leave me?

Does anyone anywhere have a similar experience?

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Old 01-02-2011, 01:46 PM
Location: US, California - federalist
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Usually, if you get laid off, you will probably qualify for unemployment compensation. A prior job probably won't matter because they will most likely bill your current employer's account if you get laid off.

If you can make more by providing labor input to the economy, why would you want to make less on unemployment, all things being equal? If you get another temp. job, why would you need unemployment? You shouldn't have to deal with the public sector if you can still find work.

In many cases, if you voluntarily quit without cause, you may be denied unemployment compensation. In a case where you get laid off and need to take some time off for personal reasons, then you may want to consider unemployment compensation. However, since unemployment compensation, as we currently know it, is not an adequate social safety net, you may want to only do that as a last resort.
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