CanI loose my unemployment compensation benefits if I refuse work for a good reason?

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CanI loose my unemployment compensation benefits if I refuse work for a good reason?

My employer recently dropped me to part time but I was accepted for UC benefits.  Now, my employer is calling me for shifts the day of the shift and only a few hours before.  I have to rely on child care and really can afford it everyday since my employer will not guarantee me any weekly hours.  I have accepted all shifts that were offered to me so far but such short notice makes it difficult to find child care for the evenings. Also, my employer has been sending me great distances from my residence.

Asked on February 11, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Here is the thing: unemployment benefits are given to those that were unemployed through no fault of their own and are ready, willing and able to work.  That is the generalmantra of all state unemployment compensation boards.  I can see how it could be a strain in your position to be called at the last minute to work.  I would speak with an unemployment attorney in your area to discuss the ins and outs of the law in Pennsylvania.  Here is what bothers me: your employer mayknow that you have difficulty with child care issues and is in some way setting you up to fail, so to speak.  If you do not take the shift then they notify unemployment.  Speak with an attorney.  There has to be some leeway in the PA law for this type of situation.  Good luck.


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