My pay was cut in half so I quit. Do I receive up unemployment comp?

I have an unemployment question. My fiance has worked for a small business for 14 yrs. They have decided to reduce expenses by "offering" him a job at half the pay he's receiving now. This is the exact same job he is doing now. He has a "contract" which was written a year ago specifying hours, wage, holidays,etc., but this doesn't give any expiration date such as year to year, or what would happen in a situation such as this.

My question is, if he refuses to accept this "offer" will that be seen as quitting his job & therefore making him ineligible for unemployment? Or would it be "good cause" to refuse the job?

I see this as the employer's way of getting out of paying unemployment since they are officially offering him a job. Who do I turn to or where do I look for the laws regarding this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1 answer  |  asked Mar 15, 2001 8:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

Answers (1)

Fred H. Hait
Unemployment compensation when forced to quit.

If he quits under the circumstances you describe, he may still be eliegle for
unemployment compensation. A drastic cut in pay can be considered a
"necessitous and compelling" reason for quitting. A person who has such a
reason to quit can collect UC benefits.

Fred Hait
Carlisle, PA

posted by Fred H. Hait  |  Feb 21, 2001 5:00 PM [EST]

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