Voluntary Quit VQ 285 – Fact Finding Guide
Leaves of Absence
- Does the employer have a true (formal) leave of absence policy? (A mutual agreement that the claimant will resume working at the end of the leave.) If the policy only provides preferential recall rights, a true leave of absence does not exist and the separation is a quit.)
- What reason did the claimant give the employer for the desired leave?
- Was this the real reason for the leave?
- Was the reason real, substantial, and compelling?
- Were there other reasonable alternatives to the leave?
- Does the employer usually grant leaves for this reason?
- Is the current unemployment due to the claimant's being on a leave, failure to request a leave, or failure to return to work after the leave has expired?
- If the claimant is presently on a formal leave, why hasn't the claimant returned to work? (Check availability issue, also.)
- If the claimant failed to request a leave of absence, was the claimant aware that a leave was available?
- If the claimant failed to request an extension, was the claimant aware that extensions were available?
- If the claimant failed to request a leave or extension, would the leave have served a useful purpose, or would it have been a futile gesture?
- Has the claimant had any intervening employment while on the leave of absence? (If so, the "intervening employment" becomes the last employer.)
- Is the claimant on a mandatory leave of absence?