If I gave notice to my employer but was persuaded to stay and then was fired within a month, canI stillcollect unemployment?

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If I gave notice to my employer but was persuaded to stay and then was fired within a month, canI stillcollect unemployment?

I GAVE NOTICE OF LEAVING AFTER GETTING A JOB OFFER. HOWEVER I WAS ASKED BY MY EMPLOYER TO STAY.  YET ONLY A MONTH AFTER AGREEING TO STAY MY MANAGER FIRED ME. CAN I COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS? I HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR THE COMPANY FOR 5 YEARS.

Asked on July 22, 2011 New Jersey

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes, I see no reason that you can not collect as long as you were fired "through no fault of your own."  That means that you can not have been let go "for cause" which is something like stealing from the company.  Bu just because you were going to take a new job and they gave you a better offer to stay does not mean that you are denied the ability to collect benefits if you are let go.  As long as you meet the requirements of being an employee and have the necessary base wages to collect unemployment then you have the right to do so.  Good luck to you. 


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