Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in case of In Re: Claim of Sandra Esposito, No. B-128370.
Michael Saltzburg, for appellant.
Charles G. Hasson, Assistant Attorney General, with him Sydney Reuben, Assistant Attorney General, and Robert P. Kane, Attorney General, for appellee.
Judges Crumlish, Jr., Wilkinson, Jr., and Blatt, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Wilkinson. Judge Kramer did not participate in the decision in this case.
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Claimant received unemployment compensation benefits during the first benefit year based on a determination of eligibility by the Bureau of Employment Security (Bureau). The reason for her unemployment given on her application was non-availability of work from her former employer. The application was sent to her former employer and it was returned by the employer not contesting the application and stating that the claimant worked on an on-call basis.
At the conclusion of the first benefit year, claimant reapplied for a second benefit year. This time the employer protested that the claimant had voluntarily quit. The Bureau denied second-year benefits and this decision was sustained by the referee and the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board) after a second hearing. This appeal followed.
The appellant raises two arguments:
(1) The Bureau's determination of eligibility for the first benefit year, unappealed, is conclusive and final on the issue of eligibility.
(2) The decision on voluntary quit is not supported by the evidence.
Oravec Unemployment Compensation Case, 171 Pa. Superior Ct. 491, 90 A.2d 269 (1959), is dispositive of the first issue and compels affirmance of the Board. While able counsel for appellant presents a well-reasoned argument contra and would have us disregard Oravec, or at least limit it to its facts, we are not constrained to do so. The statute seems quite clear that with regard to the first benefit year, the determination of the Bureau, referee, or Board, unappealed, is final. Nevertheless, its seems equally clear that with regard to all matters under the Unemployment Compensation Law, Act of December 5, 1936, Second Exec. Sess., P.L. (1937) 2897, as amended, 43 P.S. § 751 et seq., including the first and second benefit
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years, only the unappealed decisions of the referee and ...