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When you can refuse work and still get Unemployment

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed January 19, 2021

You do not need to return to work if your employer cannot offer you suitable work.

  • For all types of unemployment benefits, you can refuse work and still get unemployment benefits if:
    • You are diagnosed with or have symptoms of COVID.
    • You are caring for a family member diagnosed with COVID. Or
    • In-person school is not available for your children
    • A government agency or health care professional told you to quarantine.
  • For regular UI, PEUC and Extended Benefits, you can refuse work and still get benefits if:
    • The work puts you or an immediate family member or household member at risk for COVID. Or
    • You believe that sending your child to in-person school so you can work puts you, an immediate family member, or household member at risk for COVID.

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