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two new scenarios. 1) my girlfriend and I, of 17 years just

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two new scenarios.

1) my girlfriend and I, of 17 years just filed a domestic partnership. she's moving to a new city with me. We understand she can request unemployment since the rules are similar with spouses. We will be moving 500 miles away and starting new. Is this correct, is she able to file for unemployment.

2) not only are we moving to a new city, the intent is to eventually have my mother move in (within 3-5 months) to start caring for her. she lives alone in a different city but she will need more care. basically, she needs rides to bi-weekly blood tests and quarterly appts. she suffered a stroke 7 years ago and she does not drive. Is this situation likely approved for unemployment benefits? If so, what info would I need to provide if it was denied?

thx for your help
Good morning,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion.

Yes, under CA law, a domestic partner is granted the same rights as a spouse in terms of qualifying for unemployment in the event that the other partner is forced to relocate for employment. Here is a link to a number of other rights that your partnership confers:

http://gbge.aclu.org/relationships/california-domestic-partnerships

Of the two possibilities, the relocation with your domestic partner for employment reasons is the more likely ground for benefits.


Having to relocate to care for an ill relative may, under the right circumstances, qualify as justification for leaving employment. However, keep in mind that you must be willing to seek full time employment while you are collecting unemployment---so you could not collect unemployment when you can not work because you are caring for an ill family member. Here is a link to the CA law in this regard:

http://www.edd.ca.gov/uibdg/Voluntary_Quit_VQ_155.htm

 

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