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Employer's Move Made Getting to Work Hard; Unemployment Benefits Available
Description Employer moved their operations 16 miles. Long time employee who did not drive quit and filed for unemployment benefits. Appeals court held that employee had good cause attributable to employer for leaving employment and could receive benefits.
Topic Employment Law
Key Words Unemployment Benefits
C A S E   S U M M A R Y
Facts Jaime worked for a company in Chicago for 10 years when it moved sixteen miles away. Because Jaime did not have a car, she rode with a coworker for two months until the coworker quit working. Then, not having any transportation, Jaime quit and filed for unemployment benefits. Conflicting rulings resulted in this appeal.
Decision Jaime is due benefits. As an earlier case noted, the Unemployment Insurance Act "is intended to benefit only those persons who become unemployed through no fault of their own." The critical issue is whether Jaime left employment for "good cause attributable to the employing unit." That is the case here, since the employing unit moved to a location that could not reasonably be reached by Jaime. "While an employee's transportation to and from work is generally not the responsibility of the employer, Jaime's inability to maintain her employment is the direct result of Miniat's moving its location, thereby significantly changing the circumstances of her employment."
Citation Jaime v. Director, Dept. of Employment Security, 1998 WL 813111 (Slip Copy, Ct. App., Ill.)
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704 N.E.2d 721 (App.Ct., Ill., 1998)

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