I just accepted a voluntary layoff and was wondering if I will be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Here is my situation:
I was hired for this job about 4 months ago after being laid off from another job last year. Because of this, I already have an active claim and was already receiving extended benefits at the time I started this job. My benefit year doesn't end until the end of this month, but I was told that I was eligible for extended benefits until the end of this calender year.
The reason I accepted a voluntary layoff is because they were going to put me in a position that paid nearly $3.00 less an hour. After reading through our union contract, I saw a clause that stated you may take a voluntary layoff instead of taking a lesser paying position.
I was making slightly less than $15.00 an hour to begin with and as you can see this would be a considerable pay cut. When you consider the fact my commute is over 30 miles and 50 minutes one way, it's easy to see it isn't worth it. In other words, this is not a job I would have accepted under these conditions to begin with.
The layoff should only be temporary as orders are going up next month. At that time I expect to be called back to my original position and pay. However, they were not able to give me a definite call back date.
I don't know if this is something to be considered as far as determining unemployment eligibility, but to the best of my knowledge, my taking of this layoff didn't save anybody from a forced layoff.
Also, if eligible for benefits, what will happen at the end of my benefit year since I have additional earnings? I know I have barely enough earnings to qualify for a new claim, although it will be much, much lower.