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Can I still collect unemployment if it's not safe to go back to work? What if I'm at high-risk or have to care for someone at home?

Last Updated: 09/04/2021

If you have been collecting unemployment benefits and your former employer asks you to return to work or you receive another offer, you cannot refuse "suitable work" and still collect benefits in most cases.

However, if the work puts your health and safety at high-risk, you may be able to refuse the "unsuitable work" and continue to collect benefits. It's important to note, these determinations are highly fact-specific and are determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are found to be ineligible for unemployment benefits, you must return any benefits you received after receiving the offer of suitable work.

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