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Relocating the office? Employees can sometimes quit and get unemployment

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Pennsylvania employees who quit their jobs when their employers move can sometimes collect unemployment compensation. The Unemployment Compensation Board of Review looks at individual situations and determines whether the move forced the employees to quit for “necessitous and compelling” reasons. Examples include a longer, more expensive commute or disruption of child care routines.
    Recent case: When Eilene Shaffer’s employer changed locations, the part-time employee assessed her options and quit. Her reasons: The commute would be 15 minutes longer; she couldn’t be home when her teenager returned from school; and she would have to put her 5-year-old in day care. She applied for unemployment compensation, citing a necessitous and compelling reason to quit.
    But the Commonwealth Court disagreed, mainly because Shaffer couldn’t show she had considered alternatives, such as asking relatives to care for the younger child or registering the teen for after-school activities. Had she looked into those options and found them inadequate, the court said it would have considered her argument more fully. (Shaffer v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. 119 C.D. 2007, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2007)

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