My question is in the State of Illinois.
I was recently laid off due to economic conditions. My employer offered me two options. First option was a severance package.
Second option was a Job at the home office. If I took the second option I would have been required to Move out of State, sell my house all at my own expense. My guarantee salary was going to be less than 1/3 of my current guarantee. I would have been working One weekend a month traveling out of state. I also would lose the Company Car and company phone.
I chose the severance package as moving away at my own expense for less money was NOT an option for me.
At the time I was told Unemployment would not be contested. However I received a letter from Unemployment indicating that my claim was being contested as I had turned down a Suitable offer of Work.
My question, Is a Job offer in another state requiring a Move at my own expense for a position that has a guarantee 1/3 of what my previous salary was a "Suitable Offer" and grounds for denial of benefits?
I am thinking if this is the case then all any company would need to do to avoid paying Unemployment would be to offer all employees they terminate a job in another state and expect them to move for less money and those that turn it down are ineligible?