Unemployment benefits often require a worker to lose their job not at the
fault of their own. Quitting your job may be another situation entirely.
Often, quitting employment
may not make you eligible but under certain circumstances you may be eligible depending on state
regulations. You have to be able to work in order to collect so if you
left due to stress, you'll have to demonstrate you will be able to
work under less stressful conditions.
The unemployment agency will review your medical situation to see if it
was in fact serious enough for you to leave. If you quit due to "medically
documented" reasons, you may be eligible for unemployment. This may
include suffering a condition that is trigger by stress. You may have
to report actions you did in order to seek less stressful duties.
A medically documented reason refers to visiting your doctor during your
time of employment. You may be eligible if your doctor recommended you
change your job. It's important to visit your doctor and review your
situation before deciding to quit. You may need to present medical documentation
when your job loss occurs to apply for benefits.
Since you are required to engage in job searching on a regular basis to
qualify for benefits, payments may be suspended until you become physically
active. You are not guaranteed to be eligible for the full amount of benefits
or you may be eligible to receive them for a specific time period. It
may also help to seek time off from your employer before leaving your
place of employment. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act you may get
up to 12 weeks off with job protection.