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Can an full time employee off refuse part time work from the

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Can an full time employee laid off refuse part time work from the same employer with out loss of Unemployment?
JA: Was the termination discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: manager
JA: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or salaried?
Customer: Union
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Union contract provides for 40 weeks guaranteed at 40 hours.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No please review and do not hesitate to contact me if you need additional information.

The answer to your question is yes; you can refuse part-time work from the same company generally. Unemployment insurance requires that you do not refuse any suitable employment offers. There's no legal definition for "suitable," but this generally means something that is similar to what you were doing and making before. In your case, even if the pay is the same, part-time hours usually mean you'll make 40-50% less than you were previously, so if you deny the job, it is likely you can keep your unemployment benefits.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
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