Can you refuse a part time job on unemployement in Virginia?

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Can you refuse a part time job on unemployement in Virginia?

Offered a job working up to 30 hours a week but no benefits. Looking for a job with regular pay check and need medical insurance.

Asked on July 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the job is even close to being "comparable" in terms of total compensation to the job you'd left (e.g. if 30 hours at this rate is within, say, around 70% or 80% of your prior compensation package, including benefits), then if you turn the job down, you will technically become ineligible for unemployment benefits, since you can't receive unemployment if you refuse comparable employment. (Of course, that only becomes an issue if the unemployment office somehow becomes aware that you turned down a comparable job.)


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