Can I not take the job and still collect unemployment while I continue looking for another job?

My employer laid me off. I have been on unemployment now for 2 weeks. They have now called and offered me a different position with a smaller pay. The new job requires me to be on my legs for 8 hours a day. I have bad knees which I have not seen a doctor for since 1995. I did have insurance but I am one of those people who don't go see a doctor unless necessary. I was diagnosed with tendinitis on both knees. They have gotten worse over the years but my job before with the company I was a cashier/receptionist, and did not require me to be on my legs alot.. I'm afraid with my knees I won't be able to perform the job well enough. Please Help!

1 answer  |  asked Nov 26, 2011 09:56 AM [EST]  |  applies to Wisconsin

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Janet L. Heins
The first thing you should do is try to work something out with your previous employer. See if they will allow you to sit, or if there are other changes to the new job that they can make.

If that doesn't work, make sure you tell the employer why you cannot do that job. Then you are less likely to face a challenge to your unemployment.

Also, if the pay reduction is so huge that you cannot earn a living, that may also release you from having to accept the job.

Call me if you have any further questions at (866)241-8444, toll-free.

Janet L. Heins
Heins Law Office LLC

posted by Janet L. Heins  |  Nov 26, 2011 12:48 PM [EST]

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