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  • UI - Voluntarily Quitting with "good cause"

    I live in New York and NY has a clause that says you would be eligible for unemployment insurance if you quit for "good cause". Would the fact that my lease is up and I can no longer afford to live in NYC be good enough cause? Seriously, I am about to be homeless. My mother is also very ill - so I would move to Albany to help her, and still be willing and able to work - but in Albany.

    What are your thoughts surrounding this, and do you feel I could qualify for UI ? Thanks!

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    Probably not. Although both are very good reasons, neither is attributable to your employer.
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      Per the N Y UI Law -
      You may be eligible for benefits if:
      You lost your job due to lack of work: the temporary or seasonal employment ended; your job was eliminated; there was an involuntary reduction in force; the company downsized or shutdown; the company restructured or reorganized, there was a lack of company operating funds/orders; or for any other business operating reason which resulted in your involuntary unemployment.
      You were discharged or fired because you were unable to meet employer performance or production standards, or you were unable to meet employer's qualifications for the job.

      You may be denied benefits if:
      You were fired because your employer alleged that you violated a company policy, rule or procedure, such as absenteeism or insubordination; because of a disagreement or dispute with a boss or co-worker; or you were fired for any other reason.
      You quit your job.
      You are unemployed because of a work stoppage in the last 49 days which was conducted in violation of an existing collective bargaining agreement in the establishment in which you were employed. It is not necessary that you are actually participating in the strike, but only that you are not working because of the strike in the facility in which you worked.

      It's doubtful you would receive UI if you quit for the reasons you listed.
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