decided: January 11, 1982.
DUQUESNE LIGHT COMPANY, PETITIONER
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW, RESPONDENT
Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in the case of In Re: James H. McHugh, No. B-183619-B.
Larry R. Crayne, for petitioner.
John Kupchinsky, Associate Counsel, with him Charles Donahue, Associate Counsel, and Richard L. Cole, Jr., Chief Counsel, for respondent.
Judges Mencer, Craig and MacPhail, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Craig. This decision was reached prior to the expiration of the term of office of Judge Palladino.
[ 64 Pa. Commw. Page 101]
In this appeal by an employer from a grant of unemployment compensation benefits, the question of law is whether the claimant had "cause of a necessitous and compelling nature"*fn1 to retire voluntarily at age 65, rather than at the compulsory retirement age of 70, where, as the board found, his fringe benefits would be frozen at the level attained, so as not to increase further after age 65. We must reverse the decision.
In Unemployment Compensation Board of Review v. Holohan, 20 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 381, 341 A.2d 587 (1975), we held that even the elimination of some fringe benefits did not constitute compelling cause to terminate. In Duquesne Light Co. v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 62 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 252, 436 A.2d 257 (1981), a recent case involving another employee of the present employer who retired at almost the same time under like circumstances, as determined in similar board findings, we followed Holohan in reversing the allowance of benefits. This case is controlled by those two decisions.
[ 64 Pa. Commw. Page 102]
Now, January 11, 1982, decision No. B-181795-B of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, dated June 23, 1980 in appeal No. B-79-8-I-652 is reversed and benefits are denied.
Now, January 18, 1982, our order dated January 11, 1982, in this case is hereby vacated and it is hereby ordered that:
Decision No. B-183619-B of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, dated September 30, 1980, in appeal No. B-79-7-K-547 is reversed and benefits are denied.
This decision was reached prior to the expiration of the term of office of Judge Palladino.