VL 300.5 Efforts to Preserve Employment

Click on the case numbers below to access eligibility decisions based upon whether claimants made sufficient efforts to preserve their jobs before resigning.

0019 5811 74

0019 5811 74 (Sept. 13, 2017) – Where a supervisor repeatedly asked the claimant to work on Saturdays, even though the employer had granted Saturdays off as a religious accommodation, she had good cause attributable to the employer to resign.  The claimant reasonably believed that further efforts to correct the problem would have been futile.

0017 2866 38

0017 2866 38 (July 14, 2016) – Board declined to disqualify a claimant, who was hired to be an activities director at the employer’s rest home, but was transferred to being an aide after the employer decided that she could not do the director position.  Claimant had good cause to resign because the new position was unsuitable.  Attempts to change the essential elements of the job would have been futile.

0014 5343 84

0014 5343 84 (June 29, 2015) – A unilateral reduction in claimant’s weekly draw against commission by more than half or the fact that the employer may have violated a state wage and hour law does not relieve the claimant of the obligation to make adequate and reasonable attempts to preserve his job or to show that such efforts would have been futile. [Note:  The Appeals Court affirmed the Board of Review’s decision.]

0002 2560 79

0002 2560 79 (Nov. 12, 2013) – Claimant’s failure to make efforts to preserve her employment rendered her ineligible for benefits under G.L. c. 151A, § 25(e)(1), where she could have done so simply by asking the employer owner not to address her using foul language.


BR-111647 (Sept. 28, 2010) – When an employee makes his concerns about changes to the terms and conditions of employment known to his immediate supervisor, who then responds repeatedly that nothing will be done to address them, the claimant has done enough to preserve his employment.


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