Thursday, February 16, 2006

UC - voluntary quit - leaving the work site

Iaconelli v. UCBR - Commonwealth Court - February 16, 2006

http://www.courts.state.pa.us/OpPosting/CWealth/out/1443CD05_2-16-06.pdf

Claimant was held to have quit her job when she left the work site and did not thereafter try to return to contact the employer. She "did not take any steps to preserve her employment relationship."

"An employee merely leaving the work premises is not enough to determine intent to voluntarily terminate her employment….A claimant must have a conscious intention to terminate her employment….An employee who leaves her employment w/o informing her employer when or if she is planning to return may be held to have voluntarily quit….However, the majority of these cases allow for a reasonable period of time in which an employee has the opportunity to manifest an intent to quit and the employer has the opportunity to contact the employee or vice-[sic]versa."

Donald Marritz
MidPenn Legal Services

UC - findings - complete/specific

Central Dauphin School District v. UCBR - Commonwealth Court - February 15, 2006

http://www.courts.state.pa.us/OpPosting/CWealth/out/1453CD05_2-15-06.pdf

This is a voluntary quit case in which a teacher left her job because of serious student discipline problems. The court remanded the case back to the UCBR for further findings of fact on a) Claimant's credibility and b) whether the employer provided her "appropriate and sufficient support" in resolving the student discipline problems

The court said that the student behavior, if it took place, "would certainly create circumstances that produced real and substantial pressure to terminate employment… if the facts are found as outlined in the record. However, without specific fact finding we can not [sic] exercise proper appellate review." (emphasis added)

The Board "never ruled on the credibility of Claimant vis-a-vis the alleged conduct" outlined in her testimony or whether the employer provided her "appropriate and sufficient support" in resolving the problem.

Donald Marritz
MidPenn Legal Services

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