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Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns, I am a licensed New Jersey professional."Good cause" generally refers to a pervasive environment at work that creates an unsafe working environment or a hostile workplace. To ensure I do not miss anything I will go line by line and point out what would work and what you likely not work. Generally it is tough to get coverage where a condition is exacerbated by the employer unless there is direct medical evidence to that fact and the employer failed to provide reasonable accommodations. This would not come under 'unsafe working conditions' or good cause if you have no medical diagnosis backing up your claim or if you did not obtain any modifications to your accommodations once you informed the employer of your special needs. Based on your facts it appears that you are objecting to an increase in work demands as a primary reason which is not really good enough to obtain unemployment--an employer, even a public sector employer, can change descriptions and add (or take away) responsibilities based on need of the department. To get this approved you MUST get some sort of a medical diagnosis in place so you can post that as the reason you are quiting.Good luck.
2 points:I do have diagnosis of Fibro,did go to doctor, was out for 2mths leave on disability,work environment supposed to make accomodations but that didn't work(get up from chair every hr to walk for 5 min). other "cause" is liability to my professional licenses having to place clients in treatment that mostly doesn't exist,clts w/ mental health/substance abuse---sometimes child protection services involved,liability w/ too large a caseload that something can go wrong and come back on to me.Just want to know if there is a possible direction I can go in for brief time on unemployment due to cause or any other reason---from your answer it seems that if I had created a better case for medical reasons I may have had a chance, the stress w/ this job is tremendous and being 61yo w med condition has made it very tough---my disability for 2 mths, was last yr w/ this company.Any way I can do this?
Thank you for your follow-up, Lorayne. Please allow me to respond to your points below.Lorayne, your 'liability' based on employment is a non-issue in terms of termination under which you can demand benefits. If you feel your liability is too high it is then a voluntary choice to terminate, but something over which the employer does not have to grant you benefits. I can understand your concerns but quitting over that does not allow you to claim that was termination that was without cause or based on some sort of a hostile work environment. You did read my answer correctly, what is relevant here is the medical reason and/or the inability for the employer to accommodate. Then you could potentially argue that you are entitled to unemployment. But beyond that I do not see it as a legitimate basis for such a request from the sate. If you quit, even for a short time, unemployment is not an option since the termination would be deemed to be voluntary.Hope that clarifies.
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