If an employee resigns voluntarily, can he or she then claim unemployment benefits?

Author: James O'Keefe, The Seabreeze Group LLC

Generally speaking, no, an employee who voluntarily resigns their position is not entitled to the payment of unemployment benefits.

The exception to this could be if the employee can prove they resigned due to "good cause." While there is no comprehensive list of what qualifies as good cause the employees' reason for leaving is scrutinized using a combination of common sense and prudence. A mere dissatisfaction with working conditions is not normally sufficient to qualify. Some examples of what may be considered good cause are harassment, illegal, immoral or unsafe working conditions or similar circumstances which a reasonable person might consider to be good cause for quitting a job.