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RZEPSKI UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE. (07/17/56)

July 17, 1956

RZEPSKI UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE.


Appeal, No. 119, Oct. T., 1956, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, dated December 14, 1955, No. B-40756, in re claim of Nellie A. Rzepski. Decision affirmed.

COUNSEL

Sheldon Tabb, with him Edward Davis, for appellant.

Sydney Reuben, Special Deputy Attorney General, with him Herbert B. Cohen, Attorney General, for appellee.

Before Rhodes, P.j., Hirt, Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Carr, JJ.

Author: Woodside

[ 182 Pa. Super. Page 17]

OPINION BY WOODSIDE, J.

Claimant, Nellie A. Rzepski, has appealed from the decision of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, denying compensation because of ineligibility under the provisions of Section 402 (b) of the Unemployment Compensation Law of December 5, 1936, P.L. 2897 (1937), as amended by the Act of March 30, 1955, P.L. 6, 43 PS ยง 802 (b), which provides that a claimant shall be ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits during any week in which his unemployment is due to his voluntarily leaving work "without cause of a necessitous and compelling nature".

The facts are not in dispute. The claimant was last employed by the Keebler Biscuit Company in Philadelphia as a packer for approximately a year and a half. Her last day of work was April 14, 1955, at which time she was placed on maternity leave of absence in that she was just beginning her sixth month of pregnancy.

The claimant is a member of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers International Union, Local 492, A.F. of L., which union is the exclusive bargaining representative for the employes of the company. In its capacity as exclusive bargaining representative, the

[ 182 Pa. Super. Page 18]

    union entered into an agreement with the employer, which provided, inter alia as follows:

"As soon as her pregnancy is known to the employe, she may either stop work at once or submit a statement from her physician certifying that she is able to work. If she elects to work and her doctor and the company's doctor agree that she is able to do so, she may continue to work until the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy. The employe shall not be allowed to work after the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy and shall be carried on leave until two months after childbirth."

Under the company-union agreement, employes on leave continue to accrue seniority, hospitalization and maternity benefits, and also receive six weeks of disability benefits at the rate of $33 per week. The ...


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