Q) Eligible if you quit your job? I am a teacher and due to surgeries, I have a weak immune system. I am around sick students and am at a health risk at my job. I am no longer a fit for this type of work. If I quit, would I be eligible for unemployment compensation?
A) In general, if you quit your job voluntarily, you may not be eligible for unemployment compensation. However, there are some situations where you may be able to receive benefits if you quit for good cause, such as a health condition that makes it unsafe for you to continue working. Each state has its own eligibility criteria and rules, so it’s best to check with your state’s unemployment agency to determine your specific situation. You may need to provide medical documentation to support your claim.
You cannot collect unemployment benefits if you are physically unable to work. You may want to consider applying for disability benefits.
Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
Be totally or partially unemployed.
Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
Be physically able to work.
Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
Be actively looking for work.
Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.