A claimant is unemployed during "[A]ny week of less than full-time work, if the wages payable to him or her with respect to the week, when reduced by twenty-five dollars ($25) or 25 percent of the wages payable, whichever is greater, do not equal or exceed his or her weekly benefit amount." UI Code 1252.
Based upon your stated facts, you probably did not violate the above-stated rule. However, you may have accepted "full-time work" (40 hours per week), and that may have disqualified you from receiving UI benefits.
If my assumptions are accurate, then you may be able to claim that you had a definite offer, which was later withdrawn. In order to do this you must show:
- Definiteness: A definite assurance of employment, and
- Betterment: A substantially better job, and
- Permanence: A job as permanent as the job the claimant left, or
- Reasonableness: Whether a reasonable person genuinely desirous of retaining employment would have left to accept the offered employment.
The most important factor is reasonableness. That is if you can show that you left your current work under circumstance where any reasonable person would have done the same, then you would not be disqualified from receiving UI benefits.
Hope this helps.
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