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22. Was the Separation Voluntary?

A separation that is not "voluntary" will not subject a claimant to disqualification under G.L. c. 151A § 25(e)(1). A separation is considered voluntary if an employee simply chooses to leave employment. A separation is not voluntary if it was:

  • coerced or required by the employer;
  • caused by circumstances beyond the claimant's control; or
  • of an "urgent, compelling and necessitous" nature.

G.L. c. 151A, § 25(e). These factors are more fully discussed in the following sections.