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Hello. I live in NJ and about 3-4wks ago, I put my resignation in at one office I work at. I have worked there part-time for 6.5 yrs. I told my employer that I am willing to stay there until June, until they find a replacement for me. They let me go today, which I understand, but my question is, would I be eligible for partial unemployment benefits from now until June, even though I did resign from the job, but was not expecting to leave until June? I did not think I would be eligible, but I figure I would find out before totally nixing the idea.  Thanks so much for your help!


In most states, including New Jersey, in order to be eligible for unemployment insurance you must have suffered a job loss through no fault of your own.  While there are some nuances to the definition of "no fault of your own", a truly voluntary resignation, (meaning, without any circumstances which arguably may have forced you to resign) will not result in eligibility.

Sorry I could not give you a better answer.  

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I can answer questions about any U.S. labor or employment law question. I cannot answer questions about non-US law. I am not a specialist in employee benefit law (ERISA and HIPAA) or Workers' Compensation law, but will do my best to point questioners toward good resources availabe online. Expertise includes, without limitation, EEO/Affirmative Action/Employment discrimination (Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, GINA, Fair Credit Reporting Act as applied to employment); Fair Labor Standards Act; Texas labor code; Family Medical Leave Act; employee compensation; discipline and dismissal; force reductions, severance pay programs and administration; collective bargaining, union representation, grievances and arbitration, National Labor Relations Act and National Labor Relations Board; employee handbooks; staffing; dispute resolution outside of traditional labor agreements; employee communications; employment policies and compliance programs; codes of ethics; employment or labor litigation.


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