I was supposed to start my new job on March 16, after quitting my old job (my last day was 3/1)
I have already signed a contract with my start date included, but two things:
I asked to postpone the start date by 1 week initially because I was battling a cold and didn’t want to risk being a potential Coronavirus carrier and spreading to other patients (I work in a sector of medicine that is deemed non-essential)
When I asked about a tentative reopen date my manager informed me that my contract isn’t active because I technically haven’t worked in the office.
Since this is a unique situation and I have no idea how long until I am able to start, can I qualify to collect unemployment despite quitting my job previously in anticipation with starting this new one?
My old boss doesn’t know I left to go somewhere else- I just said I want to spend time with my child then explore options. So it may be awkward if the unemployment benefits are paid through her office instead of my current/anticipated office- but am I even an employee since I have never gotten a paycheck? Not sure how that even works.
Also, could I file for FMLA either in addition to or instead of as my daughter's daycare is currently closed and I am currently the one caring for her? Or am I being ridiculous and should just wait it out because unfortunately it was just bad timing and I’m not entitled to any of it.