Wednesday, August 10, 2011

UC - willful misconduct - loss of drivers license

Galiyas v. UCBR - Cmwlth. Court - August 10, 2011 - unreported memoradum decision

Where one of the requirements for employment is the possession of a driver’s license, and there is a connection between the work to be performed and the necessity to have a driver’s license, the employee is ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits where he or she loses the license as a result of a DUI.

- Williams v. UCBR, 651 A.2d 708, 710 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1994) (citing Varmecky v. UCBR, 432 A.2d 635 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1981)); see also Manross v. UCBR 572 A.2d 49 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1990) (holding that a truck driver, who was convicted for DUI while off-duty and relied upon a valid driver’s license to perform his job, was ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits pursuant to willful misconduct under Section 402(e) of the Law)

- Kelly v. UCBR, 747 A.2d 436 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2000) (holding that claimant’s testimony that she did some driving to pick up meals for the prison, as a corrections officer, was sufficient to establish willful misconduct to disqualify her from receiving unemployment benefits after her driver’s license was suspended as a result of a DUI).

Because Claimant was required to maintain a valid driver’s license in order to perform her job, and her license was suspended for one year when she pled guilty to DUI, the Board correctly found Claimant ineligible for benefits based on willful misconduct.


The opinion, though not reported, may be cited "for its persuasive value, but not as binding precedent." 210 Pa. Code § 67.55. Citing Judicial Opinions.