The employer that I worked for since 1995 closed their WI plant as of 8/3/12. I was scared of being unemployed for the first time in my adult life so, before I began interviewing for other jobs before I was formally finished working for my main employer. I accepted and began working at a new job while still technically employed by my main employer (start 7/31). However, I was earning significantly less money (over 25% less, counting additional mileage and less hours). I didn't realize that I didn't have to accept this job. I quit as of 8/6, so as to be able to look for work closer to the wages I was accustomed to earning. I tried filing an unemployment claim and am now being told it has to be reviewed by their legal department.
Employees in Wisconsin enjoy what's known as a "canvassing period" for looking for suitable work. During the six-week canvassing period, employees may look for suitable work and may even accept new jobs, then resign if it's not the right fit (with some exceptions), without jeopardizing their unemployment benefits. You can demonstrate that the new job paid less and offered fewer hours than your other job, so it sounds like you have a strong argument that you qualify for benefits under Wis. Stat. 108.04(8)(d) because you were within the canvassing period.
This isn't an easy "yes" or "no" question to answer. The issue is whether you "quit for good cause attributable to the employer" and the unemployment division does a statistical analysis of your job market, where you live, a reasonable distance to travel for work, etc. in deciding whether you quit for good cause attributable to the employer. The best thing you can do is make a case for why quitting this job was necessary and posing difficulties for you as the State does not want people collecting unemployment instead of working,
Best of luck and obtaining representation may not be a bad idea.
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