DolphinYay wrote: ↑Sun Sep 18, 2022 10:27 am
I hope BH's can help me understand my situation and whether I have any rights to unemployment benefits.
Only your state can determine of you are eligible for unemployment benefits or not, and only after you apply for them. Everything else is just a guess.
So I log in on September 13 for a few minutes to let the X manager know that I'll pass on her temp project.
That seems to me like you quit rather than being reassigned. If you were in my family, I would have advised you to accept the job and keep looking internally and externally for another.
Two hours later my manager replied saying that he would call me on Monday to work everything out.
That's a good sign.
Since the company offered me some kind of work that it's different than my direct position and VERY short-term, but I refutsed to take it, does it imply that the company can define it as my resignation and therefore I am not entitled to apply for unemployment benefits?
It sounds to me that there are other opportunities at this company, but you apparently decided to stop after one offer for some reason. Your manager said "you can keep looking for something else in the company in the interim..." and it doesn't seem like you have given that a chance to happen. Turning down an offered role and not bothering to look for other roles makes it look to me like you decided to resign.
When do people qualify to legally apply for unemployment benefits?
You can apply any time. If you are still on a payroll, you'll likely be denied.
If I decided to not seek a new job outside this company after I'm kicked out, can I still apply for unemployment?
If you are collecting unemployment benefits, you are expected to be actively pursuing a new job. And when one is offered that is reasonably equivalent to your prior job, you are expected to accept it.
If you decide not to bother seeking a new job you can still apply. Maybe you'll get lucky, but you should expect to be rejected.
I have no clue what this "everything working out" per my manager means, but can I ask for a severence too?
You can ask for anything.
i would probably be denied and I don't know the policy at my company either. I just know that putting words in my mouth about a bogus resignation didn't make me feel happy. I was even considering to become a stay-at-home parent, but now I feel that I might seek another job if that's a requirement to qualify for unemployment because my company is being dishonest.
Thoughts? Advice? Thank you all!
You should go into the meeting with your manager with an open mind. Don't jump to conclusions. No need to be angry or accuse the company of something until you understand what really happened.
And don't assume you'll be able to collect unemployment benefits. Your state will decide that.
Oh, noooooo! I'm so sorry, it's the moops! The correct answer is 'the moops'.