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Unfortunately, quitting your part time job has caused a problem because MA will look not just at the layoff from your full time job, but they will consider all employment. When one voluntarily quits employment they must do so for good cause.
Under MA law there are two types of good cause for voluntarily quitting employment. The first type of good cause in MA is called serious employer-related reasons, called "good cause attributable to the employing unit." The second type of good cause, which is at play here is for serious or important personal reasons, called "urgent, compelling or necessitous reasons."
For child care to be considered a "urgent, compelling or necessitous reason" you must prove that you left to take care of unexpected and urgent problems
with the child care arrangements you have been using. You also have to prove to unemployment you tried to work out this matter with your part time employer before you quit.
Thus, your unemployment is likely to get denied and you would have to file an appeal and prove to unemployment you quit because you tried to work this out with the part time employer and they would not work with you (reducing hours or changing shifts or giving you a leave of absence to deal with this problem) and show that you exhausted reasonable efforts to find part time child care before they will award benefits.
If they do award the benefits they would be retroactively even after you return to work in the fall.
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