None of the CARES Act benefits, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who quit without good work-related cause, refuse to return to work, or refuse to receive full-time pay. Refusing to return to work could result in a disqualification for benefit eligibility. Attempts to collect unemployment benefits after quitting a job without good work-related cause is considered to be fraud. The CARES Act specifically provides for serious consequences for fraudulent cases including fines, confinement, and an inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been repaid.
Employers should contact WorkForce West Virginia to report employees who fail to return to work through one of these methods:
- Online: uc.workforcewv.org/Consumer/Fraud.aspx
- Call: 304-433-8790