If my Employer Changes my Hours or Job Duties, Can I Quit and Collect Unemployment?
If you resign and it is considered voluntary, you will not be eligible to collect unemployment in Massachusetts.
However, there are some circumstances where the DUA will find that your resignation was not truly voluntarily, and you will be able to collect.
One of these is if the employer changes your hours or responsibilities in such a way that you cannot continue in that job, or reduces your pay so that it is no longer feasible for you, you may be able to collect even if you resign.
An example would be if you have child care during the day, get reassigned to a night shift and cannot make nighttime child care arrangements. Another might be if your responsibilities were changed to something you are unable to do.
Remember that to be eligible for unemployment you have to be able to work somewhere. Not having child care at all might disqualify you because you would not be available to work.
Learn more here about unemployment benefits in Massachusetts.
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