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Dopson v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review

November 13, 2009

KAREN E. DOPSON, PETITIONER
v.
UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW, RESPONDENT



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge McGINLEY

Submitted: October 2, 2009

BEFORE: HONORABLE BERNARD L. McGINLEY, Judge, HONORABLE JOHNNY J. BUTLER, Judge, HONORABLE JIM FLAHERTY, Senior Judge.

OPINION

Karen E. Dopson (Claimant) petitions for review from the order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board) which affirmed the referee's denial of benefits under Section 402(b) of the Unemployment Compensation Law (Law).*fn1

The facts, as initially found by the referee and confirmed by the Board, are as follows:

1. The claimant was last employed as an accounts receivable poster by Livengren from May 2005 at final rate of $14.29 per hour and her last day of work was September 19, 2008.

2. In January 2008, the claimant learned that her son and daughter-in-law were going to have another baby in mid-September 2008.

3. At the time, the claimant's son and daughter-in-law were living in Charleston, South Carolina.

4. The claimant's daughter-in-law was going to finish her medical fellowship in June, and then move to Pittsburgh, PA to join her family's medical practice.

5. The claimant's son had to perform several months of student teaching in South Carolina before he could receive his teaching license.

6. The claimant and her family decided that the claimant's son should not put off his education, but should complete his student teaching requirement from August to December 2008.

7. The claimant's daughter-in-law had to study between September and December 2008 to take her medical board tests.

8. In September 2008, the claimant's son and daughter-in-law also had a 14 month old son, who was in preschool.

9. It was decided that the best thing for the family was for the claimant to help care for the children so that her son could complete his student teaching and ...


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