What is the law regarding unemployment benefits upon termination?

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What is the law regarding unemployment benefits upon termination?

My company’s owner has asked me to write down on paper my plans for the next 6 months. My spouse will be graduating with a PhD from school next year. I am afraid that if I write that job availability for my spouse, they might very well take us away from my current location and I will be terminated. I want to show integrity and honesty but also do not want to be left without an income for 5 months. If I am

terminated for this

Asked on December 11, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Kansas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If you are terminated for the stated reason, you would eligible for unemployment. A employee whose job ends may collect unemployment so long as--
1) She was not fired "for cause," which is doing something fairly obviously bad, such as insubordination, violating manager instructions or company policy, absenteeism, committing some criminal act at work, etc.
2) She did not voluntarily quit or resign.
Being terminated for other reasons, including employer concern over an employee's mid- or long-terms plans and availability, lets you collect unemployment.

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