Can you collect unemployment benefits if you voluntarily quit your job?

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Can you collect unemployment benefits if you voluntarily quit your job?

I was hired 7 years ago under the promise of being able to share on call responsibilities with our closest sister property. However, the management company I work for, sold that sister facility 6mos after I hired on. Now, for the past 6.5 years I have been on-call 24/7 by myself and that’s not what I was expecting when I hired on. I work 40+ hours a week, plus on call 24/7 for maintenance issues when I get home from work, plus they started making me work every 5th weekend as well. All different scenarios then what was told to me when I was hired. Is this just cause to quit my job and seek benefits?

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, if you were to quit voluntarily, you would not be entitled to unemployment compensation. Employers are allowed to change an employee's duties; to have him or her work extra hours or shifts; to make the employee be on call; etc. Since the employer can do these things, if you quit because of them, it is your choice; that would make it a volutary separation from employment, and there is no unemployment compensation or insurance for voluntary separations.


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