Many questions have arisen as to whether a worker is entitled to unemployment benefits if the person is let go due to COVID-19 reasons.
Generally speaking, the worker is entitled to unemployment. A more difficult question is whether a worker who voluntarily leaves employment due to a fear for safety due to COVID-19, then is that worker entitled to unemployment?
The worker has to have an ability to work to obtain unemployment benefits. There may be fact-based determinations to see if the worker truly has a reason to leave the workplace or whether he/she is just leaving to obtain unemployment benefits.