Transfer between internal companies

I’ve been working for my company for 3 years as asset manager. They decided to transfer me to another sub company because of internal reasons. Everything else stay the same its just the company that employs me change. I didn’t agree but they said it’s just internal and means nothing and transferred me anyway. Can they do that? What happened is I am laid off? Can I still get the unemployment benefits that someone who worked for a company for 3 years can get?

Asked on January 11, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can quit: that's your only right. Unless you had a written employment contract for a fixed or defined term (e.g. one year) which was still in effect (i.e. not expired) which guaranteed you a certain position with a certain entity or unit, you were an employee at will. As an employee at will, your position, your compensation, which entity within the larger framework you work for or are paid by, etc. is all up to the employer's sole choice. If you don't accept this transfer, you will be quiting or resigning and will therefore not be eligible for unemployment benefits, because it will be a voluntary (your choice) separation from employment.


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