Many Americans have received unemployment benefits, but these benefits are only available if you have lost your job through no fault of your own. If your employer relocates and you do not move to keep your job, or you must face a long commute in order to stay with the employer, will you qualify for unemployment benefits? The answer may depend, but in many cases you may qualify for these benefits due to certain reasons. If you quit a job then you must show that you had good reason to take this step, otherwise you will not be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Where your employer relocates will matter. If your employer moves out of state and you must move to keep your job then this will be taken into consideration. The job duties, pay, and other factors will be important. If you are a CEO or top executive and relocation is common with this type of job then the agency may find that you should have expected this requirement. On the other hand if you are a low level employee then an expectation to relocate is not usual for your position.
In many cases employer relocation is considered a good reason to apply for unemployment benefits. If your employer relocates to a location which is a significant distance from the old location then you may be eligible for unemployment benefits, even if the company relocates to another city in the same state. If the distance of the commute is considered excessive or unreasonable then the unemployment agency will usually approve benefits.
When you apply for unemployment benefits the agency will ask for a considerable amount of information, including the reason that you are no longer employed. You should always be honest and truthful, and provide all of the information that the unemployment agency asks for. If you are forced to quit because your employer is relocating a significant distance away then in most cases you will be eligible for unemployment benefits, because the relocation of your employer is not your fault.
In some cases you may be able to collect unemployment benefits even if you quit your job. If you move for a spouse who relocates to keep a job or so your spouse can take a better paying position then you may be approved for unemployment compensation even though you quit. This situation may be somewhat trickier though, and the agency may find that you are not eligible in some cases where this situation exists.
If you are offered severance pay by your employer due to the relocation then this pay can affect your unemployment compensation benefits. You will need to report any final pay, including severance pay, when you apply for unemployment benefits. The final pay received may be deducted from any unemployment benefits that you are found to be eligible for. Failing to report severance pay or providing any false information to the unemployment agency of any state is illegal. The loss of a job can be devastating, even if you are entitled to unemployment benefits. Mounting debt can make bankruptcy one possible solution.