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Generally speaking, an individual will not be eligible to collect unemployment benefits if he or he denies an offer of "suitable work." This is because one of the requirements for collecting unemployment benefits is that the claimant be unemployed "through no fault of their own," and when a claimant denies an offer of similar work, the EDD reasons that they are unemployed "by choice," since they had an opportunity to be employed and passed it up.
Of course, the above hinges entirely upon what constitutes "suitable work." Not all work will be regarded as "suitable." In regard to defining "suitable work," Unemployment Insurance Code Section 1258 states in relevant part:"'Suitable employment' means work in the individual's usual occupation or for which he is reasonably fitted, regardless of whether it is subject to this division.
In determining whether the work is work for which the individual is reasonably fitted, the director shall consider the degree of risk involved to his health, safety, and morals, his physical fitness and prior training, his experience and prior earnings, his length of unemployment and prospects for securing local work in his customary occupation . . . . "
To read more about how the EDD defines suitable work, visit this link: http://www.edd.ca.gov/UIBDG/Suitable_Work_SW_5.htm
While it is clear that work must be something which the UE claimant is "reasonably fitted" to do, and that the rate of pay is one factor among several that the EDD will consider in making this determination, there is no dollar threshhold for what makes an offer of work "suitable." Thus, there is an inherent degree of risk in passing up any employment offer, since it is impossible to predict whether the EDD will regard that employment as suitable.
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