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Cut unemployment liability by working to keep employee

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Employees who quit their jobs aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits unless 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)

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