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

December 14, 1960

DOUTY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE.


Appeal, No. 204, April T., 1960, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-57325, in re claim of Arthur L. Douty, Jr. Decision affirmed.

COUNSEL

Robert A. Cohen, with him Goldstock, Schwartz & Schwartz, 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: Ervin

[ 194 Pa. Super. Page 221]

OPINION BY ERVIN, J.

In this unemployment compensation case the claimant, Arthur L. Douty, Jr., 31 years of age, a married man with three children, who had been a full-time employee for approximately 12 years at the Great A. & P. Tea Company, was laid off on November 6, 1959, due to lack of work. At that time he was in his senior

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    year as a full-time day student at the University of Pittsburgh. He had successfully completed his freshman, sophomore and junior years while working for A. & P. full time.

On November 7, 1959 Douty filed his claim for unemployment compensation. The bureau denied benefits to the claimant on the ground that he failed to meet the availability requirements of § 401(d) of the law, 43 PS § 801(d). The referee reversed the bureau. The board reversed the referee and denied benefits.

This appeal involves the same issue that we have decided in a number of recent cases: Lovich Unemployment Compensation Case, 189 Pa. Superior Ct. 529, 151 A.2d 647; Bates Unemployment Compensation Case, 191 Pa. Superior Ct. 266, 156 A.2d 589; Collins Unemployment Compensation Case, 191 Pa. Superior Ct. 273, 156 A.2d 593; Gulbin Unemployment Compensation Case, 191 Pa. Superior Ct. 646, 159 A.2d 37.

Claimant argues, however, that his school curriculum is so flexible that he can shift from day to night classes if he is referred to a daytime job, and therefore he should be considered available for full-time employment. This change in class time may be available, but we doubt that the appellant, if referred to a job that requires the employee to rotate shifts, i.e., day shift a certain number of weeks, and then night shift for the same number of weeks, would be able to accept that type of job. It hardly seems likely that any college or university would permit a student to alternate successively from day to night classes and night to day classes to conform to a rotating shift, if such a job is offered to him.

In addition, the claimant, upon his being laid off from work, stepped up his class schedule and increased the number of credit hours that he had been carrying. His ...


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