company that I was enployed for just finished buy out process. New ownership has eliminated my position and offerd me a different job which I have refused. I do have a letter from previous employer that states I've been terminated. Can I qualify for unemp

Was terminanted from my privious employer because they sold it. New owners have eliminated my position and have offer me a position that is not suitable on what I was doing before, so I turned down. Looking for a new job and want to apply unemployment benefits, I just dont know if I will qualify.

1 answer  |  asked Apr 24, 2016 10:21 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Marilynn Mika Spencer
Generally, a person claiming unemployment benefits (a “claimant”) is eligible for benefits if ALL of the following is true: he or she is (1) unemployed due to no fault of his or her own; (2) physically able to work; (3) actively seeking work; (4) ready to accept work immediately; (5) has received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim; and (6) meets eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed. An overview of these requirements can be found on the web site of the California Employment Development Department (EDD) http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Eligibility.htm.

The issue in your case wil be whether you are unemployed due to no fault of your own. It probably depends on what you mean when you say the job you were offered was "not suitable." If there was a substantial reduction in pay, the offered position was for a function far beneath your skills and ability, or some other reasons, then yo would not be required to accept it. The details of your previous position and the one offered make all the difference so no one here on MEL can answer your question with can specificity.

But it costs nothing to apply for unemployment benefits so why not do it and see? Information on filing a claim for unemployment insurance benefits and a link for filing a claim online can be found here: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Starting_Your_UI_Claim.htm.

posted by Marilynn Mika Spencer  |  May 7, 2016 5:04 PM [EST]

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