When an employee who would otherwise qualify for unemployment benefits can’t work because she’s too ill, she loses her eligibility.
Recent case: Ala quit her job because she had to undergo breast cancer treatment. Although she couldn’t work, her doctor cleared her to attend college classes. She applied for unemployment benefits on the grounds that she had had a compelling reason to leave her job and now felt she was ready for part-time employment. Essentially, she argued she should now begin receiving payments while looking for work.
The court concluded that while she might be well enough to take classes, she was not ready and able to work—a basic requirement for benefits.
In fact, she died a few weeks later. (K’Zorin v. California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, No. B240269, Court of Appeal of California, 2nd Appellate District, 2013)