Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. I am very sorry to hear that your hours were reduced and you were denied on your claim for unemployment benefits
Determinations of whether an employee had "good cause" to quit for the purpose of unemployment benefits are made on a case-base-case basis in consideration of all the unique facts of each particular claim. So, nobody can say for certain what the result of your particular appeal will be.
This limitations noted, I think an individual appealing under the circumstances you describe would have a very high chance of prevailing and having your claim approved, as reductions in wages
of more than 20% generally constitute good cause for an employee to quit.
What you will need is proof of the decrease in your hours, so be prepared to present paystubs that document the decrease. If you can demonstrate that the reduction in hours was resulting in a financial hardship, documentation of that as well would be beneficial to your claim, as it would tend to indicate that your decision to quit and search for other employment was reasonably necessary. Ultimately, what you need to show is that an individual reasonably desirous of remaining employed would have quit under similar circumstances, so financial hardship further supports that quitting was something you had to do.
Again, "good cause" for quitting is determined on a case-by-case basis, but since reductions of more than 20% in an employee's wages generally constitute good cause, I'd say the chances of a successful appeal under the circumstances you describe are high. You will need to present proof of your reduction in hours and, if applicable, proof of any financial hardship (i.e., a bounced check, overdraft fees, late credit card payments, etc.) to show that quitting was reasonably necessary under the circumstances.
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