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BRENNAN UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE. (06/15/60)

June 15, 1960

BRENNAN UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE.


Appeal, No. 44, Oct. T., 1960, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-54524, in re claim of Joan W. Brennan. Order affirmed.

COUNSEL

Neil Leibman, for appellant.

Sydney Reuben, Assistant Attorney General, with him Anne X. Alpern, Attorney General, for Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, appellee.

Before Rhodes, P.j., Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, Watkins, and Montgomery, JJ.

Author: Gunther

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 309]

OPINION BY GUNTHER, J.

This appeal is from a decision of the Board of Review denying compensation.

The claimant was employed as a production clerk with the Kraft Food Company. Her last day of work with Kraft was July 25, 1958. Following a separation, claimant received 45 checks at $30.00 each the first year and 2 more checks in her second year. On August 19, 1959, claimant accepted a referral to Molded Insulation Company. During the course of the interview

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 310]

    claimant stated that she thought she was pregnant and wanted to wait until her physician returned before committing herself to employment. A medical certificate was submitted on September 10, 1959 indicating that she was pregnant and that February 12, 1960 was the expected date of confinement.

The Bureau of Employment Security issued a decision denying benefits to claimant. An appeal was filed and after a hearing the decision of the Bureau was affirmed by the Referee and the Board. The decision became final on December 18, 1959, and it is from this decision that claimant appeals to this Court.

Was there a valid offer of employment made to the claimant as required by the Act? The Act provides that refusal to accept employment without good cause renders claimant ineligible to receive benefits. Where claimant volunteered information to the referral employer that she might be pregnant, although at the time this fact was not medically corroborated, did she render herself ineligible for benefits?

A claimant, who refuses suitable employment, may remain eligible for benefits only where there is some justifiable and compelling reason for the refusal of work: Suska Unemployment ...


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