Worked 3rd shift, found out my shift ended. Can I get unemployment as dislocated employee if they offer another shift and I have commitments?

Q) I was working 3rd shift and just found out last night during my shift that they ended 3rd shift effective last night. Can I get unemployment as a dislocated employee even if they offer us to go to another shift? I have other commitments during the day that would keep me from going back to a day shift. I left the day shift and went to 3rds over 6 months ago.

A) If you were employed on third shift and your shift was eliminated, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet other eligibility criteria established by your state’s unemployment agency. Typically, eligibility for unemployment benefits is based on your earnings and your reason for separation from your job. In general, if you are unemployed through no fault of your own and are able and available to work, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

If your employer offers you another shift that conflicts with your commitments or is not suitable for you, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits as a dislocated worker. Dislocated worker benefits are intended to help workers who have lost their jobs as a result of a permanent closure of a business or a mass layoff, or who have been displaced from their jobs due to economic factors, such as a change in trade patterns or natural disasters.

To determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits, you should contact your state’s unemployment agency and provide them with the details of your situation. They will evaluate your eligibility and provide you with information on how to apply for benefits.

You will not be able to claim unemployment benefits if the company offered you a replacement job. If you are offered another job on a different shift and the job being offered is considered “suitable employment.” you cannot claim unemployment even though the hours conflict with your personal commitments. A job with overly demanding physical requirements or too low of a wage (as compared to your physical condition or previous job experience) likely would not be considered suitable. A job that is just slightly less desirable than what you would like, or one that requires a somewhat longer commute – In those situations, you may have to either accept the offer, or go without unemployment benefits.

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