Appeal, No. 196, April T., 1960, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-56844, in re claim of Martha V. Kifus. Decision affirmed.
Ewing K. Newcomer, and Newcomer & Mahoney, for appellant, submitted a brief.
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.
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The only issue in this unemployment compensation appeal is whether claimant had good cause for refusing the job offered to her by the bureau.
A claimant who seeks benefits must at all times be ready and willing to accept suitable employment, and must have substantial and reasonable grounds for refusing offered work: Pompa Unemployment Compensation Case, 179 Pa. Superior Ct. 443, 445, 115 A.2d 772. Claimant had a valid separation from her last employer, Sigwalt's Grocery Store, on October 30, 1959, where she had been employed as a sales clerk at a weekly wage of $30.00.
On January 7, 1960 she was offered a referral to a possible job opportunity at Bryan Sewing Machine Company, as a sewing machine operator, at $1.00 per hour. She had a prior work history and experience as a sewing machine operator and was coded as such on the bureau's records.
She refused to accept the referral because she had heard a rumor that her former employer, Sigwalt's Grocery Store, might go back into business. She did not, however, have a definite date of recall at the time she refused the referral. The bureau, the referee and the board all concluded that claimant did not have
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"good cause" for refusing the offer of work and, therefore, disqualified her from receiving benefits under the provisions of § 402(a) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 PS § 802(a).
In the "Summary of Interview" she said: "I still have keys to Sigwalt Store and Mr. Sigwalt told my husband he may reopen soon. The reason for my statement is I intend to be called back to work at store soon - that's why I ...