Can You Claim Nebraska Unemployment If You Quit?

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Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to workers who lose their jobs so that they can support themselves while searching for a new job. In most cases, workers must lose their jobs through no fault of their own to qualify for unemployment. Each state has slightly different rules regarding unemployment eligibility. Nebraska allows workers to receive unemployment if they quit their jobs for a good cause.

Qualifications

Nebraska follows the federal government's "no fault of their own" criterion for unemployment eligibility. Thus, in the majority of cases, Nebraska residents cannot get unemployment if they quit their jobs, as they lost their jobs through a conscious decision. In addition to this qualification, Nebraska employees must have worked during the 18 months prior to filing an unemployment claim.

Exceptions

Nebraska workers may be able to get unemployment benefits if they had no choice but to quit. If the worker quit due to abuse, discrimination, or unsafe working conditions, was required to perform illegal activities in the course of duty, had to accompany a military spouse stationed elsewhere or could no longer work due to injury or illness, she may be eligible for unemployment.

Voluntary Layoffs

In some situations, a worker may choose to quit so that another worker will not be laid off. If this occurs, the quitting worker is considered to have voluntarily accepted being laid off. The Nebraska unemployment office therefore treats his case as if he were laid off even though he voluntarily resigned from the position.

Process

Workers who quit for a good reason apply for unemployment the same way that other workers do. They should provide the reason they quit as their reason for unemployment -- i.e. "quit due to discrimination" or "voluntary lay-off." The unemployment office must verify details with the worker's former employer before approving the application. In some cases, the unemployment office may deny the worker's claim on the basis that she voluntarily quit her job. If this happens, the worker must file an appeal. At the appeal hearing, the worker must demonstrate that she had good cause to quit her job to overturn the denial of his claim.

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