I am a bus driver. I failed physical due to high blood pressure. Can I file unemployment for days I was off work?

Q) I am a school bus driver. I was sent for a DOT physical exam on Jan.29. I failed the physical due to high blood pressure. I was told I could not return to work until I pass the physical, which I am scheduled to retake on Feb.6. If I pass the physical and return to work that day, or the next day, I will not have the 8 days out of work to qualify for disability benefits. Can I then file a claim for unemployment for the days I was out of work? If so, under what reason? Thank you!

A) Whether or not you can file for unemployment benefits for the days you were off work due to failing a physical exam for high blood pressure depends on the specific circumstances and regulations in your jurisdiction.

In general, if you were terminated or temporarily laid off due to a medical condition or physical disability, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. However, it’s important to note that the specific rules and regulations can vary by jurisdiction, and there may be eligibility criteria that must be met.

Additionally, it’s possible that you may not be eligible for benefits if you were unable to perform the essential functions of your job due to your medical condition or if your employer offered you a reasonable accommodation that you declined.

To determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits in this situation, I would recommend that you contact your local unemployment office or review the eligibility criteria on their website. They can provide you with information on the specific regulations and requirements that apply in your jurisdiction, and help you understand what you need to do to apply for benefits.

If you are suffering from an illness (high blood pressure) or injury, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits until you are once again well and able to work. However, an employee who has a disability and could work if provided a reasonable accommodation generally will be considered able to work.

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