Can you collect unemployment benefits if I quit my job?

I was hired to work part-time, flexibile hours (17.5 hours/week). At the end of each week I advise my boss of my work schedule for the following week. I have been doing this for over 3 years. My boss is now trying to set me on regular work schedule requiring me to work certain days/hours each week, so therefore, my hours are no longer flexible. If I quit my job, would I have grounds to collect unemployment?

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10 Responses to “Can you collect unemployment benefits if I quit my job?”

  1. sirmrmagic says:

    You need to check with your local workforce center or what ever it’s called where you live.

  2. kj says:

    You can only get unemployment if you get laid off or fired. Not if you quit the job on your own.

  3. Jack J says:

    Generally speaking, unemployment is paid in two instances.
    1) You are wrongfully terminated
    2) You are layed off

    If you quit, you are not getting unemployment because you left on your own accord and of your own free will.

    I was actually fired for getting hurt on the job and had a lawyer and still got denied unemployment. It is almost impossible to get.

    Also, Each month you work, you build up credits. If they do pay out, it is based on how much you have paid into the system how much you would be paid.

    Hope this helps

  4. Old Goat says:


  5. Patricia C says:

    No. You have to work more than 20 hours a week to collect unemployment.

  6. urda14eva says:

    You can collect unemployment ONLY if you’re LAID OFF!!! or were fired for like no reason!

  7. michr says:

    can you collect if you quit?
    can you collect for the reason you have stated?
    most likely NO but it is possible….
    in some states this may be considered a significant change in employment conditions and as such considered good “cause” to quit. (not likely but possibly)

    UI is qualified for based on WHY the job was lost (along with a number of other criteria) and what the employee did to prevent the job loss.

    it does not matter if you are fired, laid-off or quit it just matters WHY!

  8. Judy says:

    No. The employer has the right to schedule you when they need you. It was real nice of them to give you all that freedom for so long, but that doesn’t mean they have to continue to.

  9. kapn says:

    NO……………you are part time……….

  10. Anna K. P says:

    Although specific eligibility requirements vary from state to state, most states have the same basic standards for collecting unemployment benefits. They include:

    -You must be unemployed or working less than full time
    -You must meet certain income requirements
    -You must be ready, willing, and able to work
    -You must have involuntarily left your job

    In general, you won’t be eligible for benefits if:

    -You quit your job simply because you didn’t like it
    -You’re fired for committing a crime (e.g., stealing)
    -You’ve never worked before

    For more information, contact your state’s local employment office. You can also look in the state government section of your phone book under Unemployment Insurance, Unemployment Compensation, Employment Insurance, or Employment Service. Or, you can try surfing the Internet using these same key terms.

    Regardless of which state you live in, you’ll receive a weekly unemployment benefit based on how long you were employed and your prior wages. The state will calculate your average weekly wage, and you will receive a percentage of that wage based on your state’s formula. You can figure out your average weekly wage by adding up 12 months’ worth of pay stubs and dividing that number by 52. If you were salaried, just divide your annual salary by 52.

    Length will vary depends on your situation. Usually it last up to 26 weeks..

    I’d recommend you to go ahead and call your local unemployment office, and get a clear answer.