If I quit my teaching job duean out of statemove and I am about to start a long term substitute position over the summer, would I be eligible for unemployment?

Asked on March 2, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you would almost certainly not be eligible for unemployment compensation in that circumstance. A voluntary separation from work renders one ineligible for unemployment compensation--that is, when you voluntary choose to quit or resign, you may not receive unemployment. Only if you are fired, laid off, or terminated, and not for cause (e.g. not for policy violations, excessive absenteeism, etc.) can you receive unemployment.

There are a few limited exceptions to the above: for example, some states allow the spouse of an active member of the military to receive unemployment because his/her spouse was reassigned to a new base and the "trailing spouse" had to leave his or her job to go as well. However, you have not described any circumstances in your question that would trigger such an exception.


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