Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in case of In Re: Claim of Lynne Coolidge, No. B-222090.
Thomas A. Walrath, Walrath & Coolidge, for petitioner.
James K. Bradley, Associate Counsel, with him, Charles G. Hasson, Acting Deputy Chief Counsel, for respondent.
Judges Craig and Palladino, and Senior Judge Barbieri, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Palladino.
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This is an appeal by Lynne Coolidge (Claimant) from an order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board) which affirmed a referee's decision denying her unemployment compensation benefits under Section 402.1(1) of the Unemployment Compensation Law (Law).*fn1 We reverse.
The facts are undisputed. Claimant was last employed as a full-time teacher by the Troy Area School District during the 1981-82 school year. She was furloughed on June 10, 1983 because of a decline in pupil enrollment. Claimant applied for, and was placed on, the substitute teacher list for the 1982-83 school year in three school districts. During the 1982-83 school year Claimant worked only two days as a substitute teacher. On June 27, 1983 Claimant was offered a full-time teaching position with the Northern Tioga School District which was to begin on August 27, 1983 and continue for a period of six months to one year. Claimant does not dispute the referee's finding that the job offered by the Northern Tioga School District, which she accepted, constitutes a reasonable assurance of work.
Claimant had been collecting unemployment compensation benefits from September of 1982 until July of 1983, when her benefits were terminated by the Office of Employment Security (OES) because she had received a reasonable assurance of employment from the Northern Tioga School District for the 1983-84 school year. The referee, after a hearing, affirmed the OES determination. The referee reasoned that, because Claimant had worked two days as a substitute teacher during the 1982-83 school year, she had performed instructional services during the first of
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two successive school years, and as she had a reasonable assurance of employment during the 1983-84 school year, she was not eligible for unemployment compensation under Section 402.1(1). The Board affirmed without taking additional evidence.
Claimant now appeals to this Court asserting that Section 402.1(1) does not apply to her situation because two days of substitute teaching do not constitute "employment" during the first of two successive school years or terms. We agree.
Section 402.1(1) provides in pertinent part:
[W]ith respect to service performed after December 31, 1977, in an instructional, research, or principal administrative capacity for an educational institution, benefits shall not be paid based on such services for any week of unemployment commencing during the period between two successive academic years, or during a similar period between two regular terms whether or not successive or during a period of paid sabbatical leave provided for in the individual's contract, to any individual if such individual performs such services in the first of such academic years or terms and if there is a contract or reasonable assurance that such ...