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Quitting work when spouse transfers may mean benefits

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In the past, employees who quit their jobs because they had to relocate when a spouse was transferred were not eligible for unemployment compensation. That changed when Minnesota amended its unemployment compensation law to get more federal stimulus money.

Effective Aug. 2, 2009, the law allows employees to receive benefits if they leave employment “in order to relocate to accompany a spouse whose job location changed, making it impractical for the applicant to commute.”

Recent case: Connie Kimeu quit her job when her husband, who is in the military, was transferred to Texas. She applied for unemployment compensation but was turned down because her employer wasn’t to blame for her being out of work.

The court agreed she wasn’t eligible because she quit before Aug. 2, 2009. (Kimeu v. Foundation for Health Care Continuums, No. A09-89, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2009)

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