My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: Massachusetts
My daughter worked full time at one employer and had a "per diem" position with another employer as well as a part time (8-16 hours a month) job with a third employer.
She was awarded FMLA benefits due to my wife's (her mom) disability (she has ALS).
After exhausting all her FMLA with her full time employer and with her mother's condition deteriorating and requiring 24 hour care, she quit her full time job and gave notice to the other two that her availability would be even more limited (neither has contacted her to offer any hours since).
She was originally denied unemployment benefits, then appealed, and the decision was overturned (all three employers), thus qualifying her for benefits due to the "urgent and compelling reasons" that caused her to have to leave her job.
Then we surmise, the state decided to "appeal", or "review" her case again, and she received a letter stating she was now NOT eligible because she had answered "no" to the question "were you able and available for work" when filing her weekly claims. She complained and received a notice stating the Review Board would not consider her appeal.
This makes no sense to me whatsoever. The state has agreed that she could not work her job and care for her mother thus she was entitled to benefits, yet they also are saying that she must look for (and accept) similar employment in order to actually receive benefits. But the need for her to care for her mom hasn't changed! Does the state expect her to lie and answer "yes"?
If anyone has any insight or thoughts about this I would be grateful.