If I need to quit my job die to my son’s medical condition, am I eligible for unemployment?

I currently work 3rd shift as a contracted employee. My son was diagnosed with a serious neurological issue, Erb’s Pallsy, which required him to have constant attention and constant help with it so it’s effects are not permenant. Due to his condition, no daycare is willing to take him overnight and my parents cannot help me. My wife frequently travels for work and is not always available at night to look after our son. I have tried to get my employer to place me on 1st or 2nd shift here so I would at least be able to arrange child care for him during the day or evening, however they have told me that nothing is available. I am considering quitting and filing for unemployment but I’m not sure I would qualify.

Asked on November 8, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately, you would not be eligible for unemployment compensation. Even though your reason for quitting is very good and understandable, it would still be a voluntary termination of employment (voluntary resignation or quitting), because it is not due to your employer's actions; therefore, because it is voluntary, you would not be eligible for unemployment.


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