Potentially, yes. Unemployment operates in such a way that if work is available to someone, then that person generally must accept that work. There is one exception. If the work is not suitable for the person, then he or she does not have to accept the work. We will examine if the work environment has necessary safety measures in place for COVID-19.
What is “suitable” work?
Work is suitable if the person has the skills and qualifications to perform the work, and it will pay what can be expected is reasonable for the person based upon their past earning potential and the type of job—it is a factual determination we will make based upon the all of the facts in a given case. We also look at the work environment, including the impact of COVID-19.
I am concerned about working during COVID-19, can I refuse work?
Potentially. We will look at whether the work being offered or asked is suitable. If we find that it is suitable work for you, then you may be denied for refusing to work. If we find that the work is not suitable, then you may be eligible for benefits under one or more of these programs included state unemployment.
Additional information regarding job refusals can be found here.