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I have been working with my present employer for numerous years. In the early days 80's, I recall a very concise job description. Through the years, the description has changed and recently the job description includes floating to different facilities and sometimes this involves extensive travel. My understanding is that it's legal for an employer to change a job description. However, I feel the travel is too extensive, and unreasonable. I have discussed this with my employer and I'm willing to work part time. However, they insist on the nurses doing extensive travel to compensate for shortages elsewhere. Other than leaving my job, is there anything I can do? Can I collect unemployment if I get fired for refusing to travel to accomodate my employers short staffing elsewhere. Some of the areas I must cover are 20-30 miles further than my usual work destination.
Generally speaking, yes, a job description can change. Often the job itself changes long before HR gets around to changing the official job description. Do you know how often you might float, how much notice you would have, if the employer takes into account where people live in determining what facility they could be sent to, etc? The answer is probably "no" but would they offer mileage reimbursement for longer commutes?
Whether you can collect unemployment if you get fired depends on lots of things. You won't get a really knowledgeable answer here. An employment lawyer or your local unemployment office can provide better information on that.
BTW, when I read "travel" I expected you to say that you would be away from home overnight, going to a different city, etc. Not going 20 or 30 miles further. That's more like a "commute." Not to say that's insignificant to you or anyone else. Personally, I find the time spent commuting is more important than the distance. Most days I would rather drive 30 miles in the opposite direction of rush hour commuters than 10 miles in the herd.
Really, this is a personal decision only you can make. Does the increased travel/commute outweigh what you must find satisfying about the job, since you say you've been there for numerous years?