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NJ court rules on collecting unemployment after quitting

June 21, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  A New Jersey woman who worked as a cook for two years quit her job to take a similar job for two dollars more per hour. 

However, just days after she resigned — two days before she was supposed to start her new job, the new job rescinded the offer.

If you’re laid off from your long-term job, you can generally collect unemployment, but not if you voluntarily quit. 

She was out of work, but she’d quit. Does she get it?

The New Jersey Supreme Court reasoned that she and another similarly situated worker had earned eligibility with their tenure at their old employer and were rendered unemployed through no fault of their own.

Within the Court, the decision was not unanimous. It’s not clear if judges in other states would come to the same conclusion.

In this case, the workers will get the unemployment compensation that will tide them over until they get a new offer that will hopefully actually come with a job for them.