Am I entitled to unemployment benefits if my job is being eliminated and I don’t interview for the same position in another location?

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Am I entitled to unemployment benefits if my job is being eliminated and I don’t interview for the same position in another location?

I recently received word from my employer that my position is being eliminated. They are rehiring for my position in another location, so I’ve reapplied for this position. However, the more I think about it the less I want to work for the company. I now have an interview. Can I decline the interview? Also, if I decline it and don’t find another job prior to my last day, would I be eligible for unemployment?

Asked on August 20, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

No, unless the location is unreasonably far away (2 hours, give or take), you have to apply for it and take the interview. Otherwise, because you are declining potential employment and arguably not taking reasonable steps to get a new job after your old one is eliminated, you could be denied unemployment benefits. You have to be doing reasonable things to get a job to qualify--you can't refuse opportunities to work while collection unemployment. And applying for a transfer opportunity offered to you is reasonable.


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