Appeal, No. 287, Oct. T., 1959, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-51037, in re claim of Eddie Cade. Decision affirmed.
Harry R. Back, for appellant.
Sydney Reuben, Assistant Attorney General, with him Anne X. Alpern, Attorney General, for appellee.
Before Rhodes, P.j., Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Watkins, JJ. (hirt, J., absent).
The only question raised in this appeal is whether the appellant was guilty of "willful misconduct," within the meaning of § 402(e) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 PS § 802(e), where, despite warnings, he continued to leave the employer's premises during working hours without authorization. The Bureau of Employment Security denied benefits to the appellant. The referee, to whom the case was referred, reversed the bureau's decision and allowed benefits. The Board of Review reversed the referee and denied compensation to the appellant.
Appellant argues that the board's reversal of the referee was arbitrary and capricious since the board heard none of the witnesses. This contention is without merit as the law specifically provides that the board is empowered to review the decision of the referee, and, on the basis of the testimony previously submitted, it may affirm, modify or reverse the referee's determination: § 504, Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 PS § 824.
The board is the ultimate fact finding body: Davidson Unemployment Compensation Case, 189 Pa. Superior Ct. 543, 549, 151 A.2d 870; Ristis Unemployment Compensation Case, 178 Pa. Superior Ct. 400, 403, 116 A.2d 271.
The board is not bound to accept the claimant's testimony: McDaniel Unemployment Compensation Case, 189 Pa. Superior Ct. 631, 633, 151 A.2d 667.
The facts as found by the Board of Review, if supported by competent testimony, are binding upon us: § 510, Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 PS § 830; Mettetal Unemployment Compensation Case, 187 Pa. Superior Ct. 291, 144 A.2d 586.
The appellant's actions in leaving the employer's premisses during working ...