Will I Be Denied Unemployment Compensation If I Do Not Accept Any Job That Is Offered?

Not necessarily. You are only required to look for or accept “suitable work.” Work is not suitable if:

1. It is not consistent with your training and experience. However, after a period of time, any job you are qualified to do may become “suitable.”

2. The job requires you to join or leave a labor union.

3. The location of the work is further away than the typical commuting distance in your area for people in your occupation.

4. You are physically unable to perform the work or the work is unreasonably dangerous.

5. The hours or working conditions of the job are less favorable than most other jobs in your occupation in your area.

6. The wages offered for the job are lower than the typical wages for that occupation in your area.

7. The work offends your religious or moral beliefs.

Nicole M. Bolan, Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.

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