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FRANCO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE. (06/15/61)

June 15, 1961

FRANCO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE.


Appeal, No. 20, April T., 1961, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-59208, in re claim of Edward Franco. Decision affirmed.

COUNSEL

Leonard M. Mendelson, for appellant.

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

Before Ervin, Wright, Woodside, Watkins, Montgomery, and Flood, JJ. (rhodes, P.j., absent).

Author: Woodside

[ 195 Pa. Super. Page 202]

OPINION BY WOODSIDE, J.

The claimant in this unemployment compensation case was denied benefits by the bureau, the referee and the board because he failed to report at the employment office during the weeks for which he is now seeking compensation.

One of the prerequisites in qualifying for benefits is the requirement of § 401(b) of the Unemployment Compensation Law of December 5, 1936, as amended, 43 P.S. § 801, that the claimant "Has registered for work at, and thereafter continued to report at, an employment office in accordance with such regulations as the secretary may prescribe ..."

The primary purpose of this requirement is not to facilitate the distribution of compensation, but to enable the unemployed to promptly secure employment if a satisfactory job is available. By the Rules and Regulations promulgated under § 201(a) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 P.S.§ 761(a), the claimant is required to report to the local office weekly, unless excused for certain reasons.

In this case, the claimant's last day of work was December 19, 1959. He filed his petition for unemployment compensation on January 8, 1960. On February 26, 1960, the bureau held that the claimant did not qualify for benefits because he did not earn eight times his weekly benefit rate after he had voluntarily quit a former employment. See § 401(f) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 P.S. § 801(f).

On March 11, the claimant appealed the bureau's determination, and the referee, by an order of April 12, 1960, reversed the bureau and granted the claimant compensation. The claimant did not report to the local unemployment compensation office between February 23, and May 20. On the latter date, he sought to recover benefits for the weeks ending February 25,

[ 195 Pa. Super. Page 203]

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7. These are the weeks ...


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