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KIFUS UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE. (12/14/60)

December 14, 1960

KIFUS UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE.


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.

COUNSEL

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.

Author: Ervin

[ 194 Pa. Super. Page 225]

OPINION BY ERVIN, J.

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

[ 194 Pa. Super. Page 226]

"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 ...


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