"forced" retirement? They say they have no more work for me but want me to retire-what are my rights? (Illinois)
Question Details: I have been a manager for company with a public-private partnership. In the summer I do one job, in the winter, another. I am paid a salary (but not had a review or raise in 3yrs) I got a letter earlier this year saying they would have no job for me after 9/1. I said I would retire. They want me to put it in writing. Can I get unemployment if I just leave the job per oral agreement and the earlier letter on 9/1? I assume medical ins. ends that date? They have been good to me for the most part but I am owed some money for expenses and even though I am 65+ unemployment would be good.
If you do not resign, but are fired, you can collect unemployment. If you write out a resignation letter, you will definitely not get unemployment; even a verbal resignation is enough to deny you unemployment.
If you have a letter saying no job after 9/1, you should simply apply for unemployment then, that letter in hand. If the company chooses to dispute it, saying you gave a verbal resignation (retirement), it might get sticky, but you will have written proof that they told you your job was going away, which would help you prove your eligibility for unemployment.