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Jurisdiction is Minnesota, but I’m generally curious about how this works. This is purely hypothetical and I’m not looking for legal advice.

Let’s say a person is a project manager for a lot of years. They burn out and spend a few years working as an athletic trainer for a very low wage. Then they decide to get back into the project manager career.

At their new job they have a toxic coworker who manages to get the person fired after a month or whatever. Assume the law concludes that this was through no fault of their own and they qualify for benefits.

I understand how the calculation works - that we look that the earliest four of the most recent five complete quarters and that there is a minimum income requirement for that time. And now the question - does it matter that they employee was only as the job for a month (or insert any amount of time here)?

Also, regarding the requirement to find a suitable position - what if the person cannot find project management work, only trainer work, but doesn’t want to take the trainer job because of the lower pay and bc the work is not reasonably related to expertise as a project manager? Is that a reason for disqualification?

  • It would be hard to convince the unemployment officer that you refused work at a job you recently held because you want to switch to a job you held some time ago. Having a job doesn't preclude you from finding another one even in a different field, so I think they would take exception to that, especially if the offer was for an amount equal to or greater than your unemployment benefits. – Ron Beyer Aug 21 '18 at 17:20

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