Will I lose unemployment benefits if I am offered and refuse a job where I’d have to relocate out of state?

I am deciding whether to pursue a position for a job out of state. I am open to considering it but would be going on an interview soon. I don’t know how long it will take to find a job locally, and I am actively looking for work locally.

Asked on July 31, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the law in your state you must advise the department of unemployment that you have refused a job.  But I highly doubt that you could be forced by one state to relocate to another state just to find a job.  You have a right to be gainfully employed in your own state.  Good luck.


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