My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: NJ
Long story short: I was just told that I was disqualified of unemployment benefits as of June 04, 2012, because I resigned from my part time job (Nov 04, 2011) to follow my husband who got a new job in VA (Sept 20, 2011), after I was laid of from my full time job (May 10, 2011).
Here are the details:
I worked as a full time retail employee for a company since November 26, 2007. I was laid of on May 10, 2011, but I was told that if I am interested they might have a part time position in a different department, and if I contact the other department Manager within 30 days, I might be able to keep eligibility for medical benefits (both me and my husband were covered through my insurance).
After the initial 3 days shock, I contacted the Manager in the other department and was called for an interview, and then was hired as a part time employee. I could keep my medical insurance but I had to pay 5 times more then what I was paying as a full time employee Eventually I gave up on the coverage because I could not afford it. The pay was less and I had to commute 25min vs. 5min for my full time location but it was a job.
Meanwhile I had filed an unemployment claim (05/08/11) and was approved for benefits.
In August my husband received a job offer in VA. He was told that they need him to work in the location in VA until they open the new store in NJ and then he would be transferred back (few months). He accepted the job and move to VA in September. We were originality thinking of keeping the apartment in NJ and for me to stay there until he comes back to NJ. But the opening of the new store was postponed, and we could not afford to keep both apartments any longer, especially since I was only working Part Time.
So long short story after 2 months on my own, I was forced to resign from my PART TIME job and move to VA (November 20,2011).
I am seeking job down here ever since, but no luck so far I was claiming the biweekly benefits and didn't have any problems until I had to reopen my claim (May 06,2012 - the new claim had to be transferred to my original claim from 05/18/11 because the new benefit payment would be too low).
Two weeks following the reopening, I was told that my claim is under investigation because my employer stated that I resigned from my work
I was scheduled for a non-monetary phone interview (06/04/12)...Spoke with the guy and explained everything...he even said that my situation is unusual: confused: Anyway he told me that I will ether receive a payment or a letter explaining why my claim was denied. Since I didn't receive a payment or a letter, I checked the status on my claim online. It was saying that it is PENDING and that I have to talk to a representative.
So I called the number...2 hours latter, the lady who picked up the call, said that I was disqualified because I resigned from my work, that a letter was send 10 days ago (I never got it ) and that I can appeal if I want to.
So again my question is: Thas this sounds right and lawful to you? What are my chances if I appeal? I thought that my claim was connected to my full time job (laid off)?
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!