Can I receive unemployment if I have lost all means of transportation?
Updated : July 26th, 2022
Question from Tom
Both of my vehicles were hit and run at my residence about a month and a half ago. I recently got one back repaired, and it got stolen less than a week later. I have exhausted my resources for getting to work already the last 45 days and I have no others viable ways to get to work starting next week. I am at the very least a month from getting my first vehicle back because it was near totaled and an ongoing insurance dispute. Public transportation is also not an option due to the shift I work and it being unavailable where I live.
Will I qualify for unemployment when my employer essentially has no choice to lay me off because I cannot show up because of my situation?
I’d take it a step further, I’d talk to the employer and ask if anyone might help you find a co-worker or a supervisor to give you a ride. If that doesn’t work, request a personal leave of absence, do you have any accrued vacation time? It’s an emergency Tom, I’d feel better for you if you try harder.
Because it is a given that if we work, getting to work is our responsibility.
The employer won’t be laying you off, the employer will fire you for attendance issues, so you need to be concerned that you can show how serious your car problems were and that you made an effort.
If you can’t prove you at least made some effort to “preserve the employment”, you will be sunk, both ways.
Read the determination guide for both quitting due to transportation problems and a discharge for attendance problems.
Particularly find out what it says about quitting for transportation problems. If they have a way to quit, then it might follow that if you could have quit, a discharge would not be for good cause.
Quit because I can’t afford the 140 mile drive to work
Posted by Mike
hello, I am currently employed at a job that is 70 miles each way and the price of gas has almost reached 4.00 a gallon. I simply can’t afford to commute to work that far any more. I have been with this company for 8 years and have 5 days left on my two week notice. I am spending more on gas than I am bringing home and have been sinking deeper in debt every month for the last five years. They will be repossessing my car any day now. is this considered “at no fault of my own” and will I be approved for UI?
You tell me Mike.
Please note the language of the first paragraph you’ll see after clicking that link.
Title 22 Section 1256-8(b) provides:
An individual who leaves work due to distance or other problems of transportation to work does so with good cause if a reasonable person genuinely desirous of retaining employment and similarly situated would have been compelled to leave work after having sought without success all reasonable alternatives by which to provide transportation to work. Transportation to work is the personal responsibility of the employee unless special circumstances or local custom reasonably require the employer to furnish transportation.
But don’t stop there, keep reading to see if anything else might apply to your situation.
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