I only have around 320 hours from the new job I got laid off of
I quit my old part job (which is where the bulk of my hours would be coming from) voluntarily at the beginning of March for the following reasons:
- The school workload was full and condensed: Between 20 hours a week of 5 classes, 25 hours working and traveling the GTA several times a week for job interviews, I was completely overwhelmed and needed to maintain a certain average in each of my classes
- I was confident I would be hired soon at a placement (and I was, 3 weeks after I quit my part time job)
- The hiring pool was aiming to have students working by the last week of April/Beginning of May so I would have had to leave soon anyway as my new placement would be full time
- My new job asked and hinted strongly they would take me on full time in the interview. Most contracts offered were given with an implication of full time work if 4 month contract goes well.
Before I even opened a claim, I spoke with 2 reps on two separate occasions and explained the exact above situation. They said it should be OK since I received an offer so quickly after quitting a job I was at for over 2 years which they said makes it fairly evident I was moving on to a next job and thus justifies the voluntary quitting...The woman specifically said an offer for a new job within a reasonable time frame of quitting the old job (which she said was around a month) was acceptable
My denial reason simply stated that I voluntarily quit and thus wasnt approved for regular benefits. When I called for clarification, an agent looking at my file said whoever went over my claim must have deemed me quitting 3 weeks before receiving the offer not to be justified. I never made a claim until I got laid off from my new job in July ....its not like I tried claiming time between quitting and starting the new job between March and May....I was either in full time school or working AND going to school full time before starting my new job in May its not like I was screwing around which makes this all the more frustrating
I told all of this to someone and they said it sounded reasonable and to appeal.
- Was working part time and going to school for a fast track post grad program
- School offers work placement contracts for different programs
- Students must be placed by May. Quit old job First of week of March, received offer for a new job 3 weeks later to start full time at the beginning of May, had exams and school all throughout April
- Started in May
- Got laid off 2 months into new job due to lack of work
Considering appealing but before I do, want to make sure Service Canada wont contact my school's placement coordinator since I dont want him to blacklist the employer who laid me off since I will most likely need to work with him in the future and dont want to burn any bridges
Would really appreciate your input on my situation and an answer to the likelihood of them calling my school and talking to anyone about what happened