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Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

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I have searched but can not find anything on here about this. I just wondered, does anyone know if I would be entitled to unemployment allowance if I voluntarily quit my job.

I am being put under unreasonable pressure (its not unusual for me to work 9 hours with no break then work again at home, is that even legal?) and it is starting to affect my health. Yesterday I ended up at the doctors after a really bad day and she recommended that I take 1-2 weeks off and gave me some medication.

The problem is that I am only allowed to quit at one point in the year, if I miss that point then I am on contract for another year. It is not allowed to leave in the middle of a contract.

But I know that I can not put myself through it for another year. The other problem is that I have no money saved up as I only just came to the realization that this job is bad for my health.

So, if I quit under these circumstances would I get unemployment allowance? And would I be even allowed to quit as I have already missed my deadline to resign?

Many thanks for your advice

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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

As far as I am aware you can only claim RAV if you are fired or made redundant, voluntarily quitting work doesn't qualify you. If you have no savings then you may be in a bit of trouble financially.

Why not just scale your job down... start working less and stop working when you leave the office. Yes, it may not win you friends at work, but then if they are really unhappy about it then can fire you or mke you redundant, thus qualifying you for RAV. Im sure someone will be along with a better answer shortly.
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

my last advice on this forum : do nothing without a medical reason and agreement of your doctor (s)
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Your last advice... are you leaving again?
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

My doctor recommends that I take 1-2 weeks off then quit and look for another job. But also not to agree to go back full time.

If I follow my docs advice and quit I could be without work or money and also be breaking a contract.
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My doctor recommends that I take 1-2 weeks off then quit and look for another job. But also not to agree to go back full time.

If I follow my docs advice and quit I could be without work or money and also be breaking a contract.
Your doctor can nullify your contract. If he says you are to stop work then his decision can not be challenged by your work place. Make sure you have a doctors note before you terminate your contract. Don't know about the money issue though. You might have a problem there.
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Your doctor can nullify your contract. If he says you are to stop work then his decision can not be challenged by your work place. Make sure you have a doctors note before you terminate your contract. Don't know about the money issue though. You might have a problem there.

Would I be then able to seek work elsewhere? I know part of the problem is the actual place I am working and their expectations.
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As far as I am aware you can only claim RAV if you are fired or made redundant, voluntarily quitting work doesn't qualify you.
Yes it does. You can quit and still claim unemployment benefit as long as you are eligible for it.
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Would I be then able to seek work elsewhere? I know part of the problem is the actual place I am working and their expectations.
Start lowering their expectations, kick back a little, take it at your own pace, and let them deal with it. It's the only solution that will end up with you a) doing less work, and b) possibly getting fired or made redundant.
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

It may be a stupid question but did you talk to your boss? If you couldn't find a solution, try to get some advice at the Arbeitsgericht Zürich, . They are open on Monday, Wednesday and Fryday from 08.30 - 11.00 and 13.30 - 16.00. The adress is Wengistrasse 30, 8004 Zürich, by tram 2 and 3 or bus 32, stop at Kalkbreite. They don't provide translation, so you have to organise yourself.
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

i really feel for you, and sadly dont have any proper advice for you other than the fact that your health must be your priority.

i pray that you will recover and that you will recieve a good ending to all your stress and hard work.

take care.
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

If you have been working for 12 months in the past 2 years you normally qualify for RAV (not sure about the lenghts but it should be something like this).

However if you decide to quit your job, from what I know they penalise you with 3 month without money.

In your case I would ask your doctor for support. First, since he is suggesting it, I am sure he can keep you in sickness till the natural time to get out of your contract. Second, he can also support you with a medical certificate for the RAV.

I would also seek for legal advise. There are probably some things you can do as well at that level towards your current employer.

All the best
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

This has nothing to do with RAV. It's obviously a medical solution that you need. If you are signed off sick your company cant sack you, you would have to claim from your companies health insurance.
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

Have you talked to your boss about the workload?
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Hi

I have searched but can not find anything on here about this. I just wondered, does anyone know if I would be entitled to unemployment allowance if I voluntarily quit my job.

I am being put under unreasonable pressure (its not unusual for me to work 9 hours with no break then work again at home, is that even legal?) and it is starting to affect my health. Yesterday I ended up at the doctors after a really bad day and she recommended that I take 1-2 weeks off and gave me some medication.

The problem is that I am only allowed to quit at one point in the year, if I miss that point then I am on contract for another year. It is not allowed to leave in the middle of a contract.

But I know that I can not put myself through it for another year. The other problem is that I have no money saved up as I only just came to the realization that this job is bad for my health.

So, if I quit under these circumstances would I get unemployment allowance? And would I be even allowed to quit as I have already missed my deadline to resign?

Many thanks for your advice

Wow that's crazy! What kind of job works you for 9 hours without breaks? I don't think that is legal. Can you get your doctor to write a letter about how for health reasons you need 2 breaks and a lunch and you can only work 8 hours a day. They have to follow what a doctor says because health reasons are important and have legal standing. And like someone else said, they can't fire you if the doctor ordered you to take time off. Take a break for the 2 weeks like the doctor ordered and get on temporary disability. Then go back and have a letter from the doctor saying you must have 2 breaks and a lunch and can only work 8 hours and no working at home either. Poor thing I hope this works out for you.
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It may be a stupid question but did you talk to your boss? If you couldn't find a solution, try to get some advice at the Arbeitsgericht Zürich, . They are open on Monday, Wednesday and Fryday from 08.30 - 11.00 and 13.30 - 16.00. The adress is Wengistrasse 30, 8004 Zürich, by tram 2 and 3 or bus 32, stop at Kalkbreite. They don't provide translation, so you have to organise yourself.
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Have you talked to your boss about the workload?
Same from me. Talk to your boss and explain that the workload, hours and stress have created a medical problem for you and that you can't continue like this. Explain that you have been advised to be off sick for a while because of it.

It should be a big wake up call for them. If it isn't and they do something stupid like sack you, then all the better.

Hope things improve for you. just remember that at the end of the day, it's just a job, your health is much more important.
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. Yesterday I ended up at the doctors after a really bad day and she recommended that I take 1-2 weeks off and gave me some medication.
I think that if your health is being put at risk then you should talk to your doctor and maybe then you'll get medical leave for a couple of weeks at least...Good luck!
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Re: Voluntarily quitting a job because of stress/ill health

When I suffered from work related stress, my doctor signed me off for three weeks. I.e. I got a doctors note, and I got my contractual sick pay, just as if I'd caught some disease. Similarly for a friend of mine earlier this year. He got signed off for two weeks. Think about what would happen if you were hospitalised for six months, with six months convalesence. How would your employer behave then? Stress can be an illness.

It would seem reasonable that if your employer is causing you to be ill, that they'd have some kind of liability there. Consult a legal expert.

If you really want to leave, I would suggest that you should scale back to working only your contractual obligations. If your contract says 42 hours per week, and you reach that on Thursday at 3pm - go home. What's the worse that can happen? They fire you. Which is what you want.

Whatver you do, don't quit without taking serious professional advice. While remembering that no job is worth your health.
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