Are employees entitled to unemployment compensation if they are let go from work due to COVID-19?

04 Oct

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.

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