im pa if my wife quits her job to care for our recently diagnosed mentally ill daughter, will she be able to collect unemployment?

im pa if my wife quits her job to care for our recently diagnosed mentally ill daughter, will she be able to collect unemployment?

Asked on June 23, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, she will not be able to collect unemployment benefits, unfortunately. Unemployment is available when it is an involuntary separation from employment--that is, when you are fired, laid off, or otherwise terminated. But when you voluntarily leave employment (when leaving is your choice, not your employer's decision), you are not eligible for unemployment, even when you are leaving for the best, most understandable reason in the world.


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