Employees who quit their jobs aren’t eligible for unemploymentunless they legitimately believe they had no choice but to resign. But if an employer makes a genuine effort to help the employee stay and he turns down that offer, he may lose eligibility for unemployment.
Recent case: Jong Pak told his employer he would have to quit his job because the schedule was impossible for him. His employer offered to modify Pak’s schedule and place him in a part-time job. Pak resigned anyway and applied for unemployment compensation.
His request was denied because the employer had tried to accommodate Pak’s needs. In the end, he did not have a compelling reason to quit since his employer effectively offered to help. (Pak v. Board of Review, No. A-0703-10T4, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, 2011)