If my boyfriend will be moving from out of state to marry me, can he receive unemployment since he’ll have to quit his job to do this?

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If my boyfriend will be moving from out of state to marry me, can he receive unemployment since he’ll have to quit his job to do this?

Asked on November 18, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, California

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately your boyfriend will have not be entitled to unemployment if he quits his job to marry you. That is because even if this is a good reason, which most everyone would approve of, or even applaud, it is still a voluntary separation from his job. That is, this is something your boyfriend would be choosing to do, not something he is forced to do by his employer or which is the result of his employer's actions. When an employee voluntarily leaves his  job, even for the best of reasons, he or she will not receive unemployment compensation.


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