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We are a small business. Seven employees. We just had an employee

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We are a small business. Seven employees. We just had an employee inform us that she wants a month off because her free babysitter will not be available. What are our obligations, do we have to allow this? Also, if we say OK can she receive unemployment benefits?

Good evening Gayle,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

While you may allow the employee to take the time off if you wish, you are under no legal obligation to do so. Not having an affordable baby sitter is not a valid excuse for missing work---at least under CA law.

And if she cannot work because she must watch her child, she will not qualify for unemployment benefits during that time either---for several reasons. One, she is taking time off of her own choosing, she is not being laid off, and second, if she is not prepared to look for a position full time and take a full time position is one is offered to her, she does not qualify for unemployment benefits either. She will definitely not qualify for unemployment benefits.

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I wish you the best in your future.

Doug

 

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you so much for your answer. Knowing this employee, she will probably insist on having the time off. If we tell her she must quit if she wants the time off and she does, will she be able to collect unemployment if she asks for her job back a month later.


The reason we are so concerned is that her sister received unemployment while working for us. I am still dealing with EDD on that claim. She basically did the same thing. Asked for time off and then went directly to EDD and filed for unemployment.

Hi Gayle,

You asked: Thank you so much for your answer. Knowing this employee, she will probably insist on having the time off. If we tell her she must quit if she wants the time off and she does, will she be able to collect unemployment if she asks for her job back a month later. If she takes the time off without permission, she may either quit, or you may terminate her for cause. In neither of those situations would she qualify for unemployment benefits.

The reason we are so concerned is that her sister received unemployment while working for us. I am still dealing with EDD on that claim. She basically did the same thing. Asked for time off and then went directly to EDD and filed for unemployment.
The sister had to lie to EDD to get benefits---because you cannot get benefit just because you want to take time off. You must be laid off, be terminated through no fault of your own, or have your hours cut by the employer, significantly, in order to get benefits.

No one may simply demand not to work, and then make a claim for benefits.


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I wish you the best in 2013,

Doug

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