UC - willful misconduct - when negligence can be WM
Smith v. UCBR - March 1, 2012 - Cmwlth. Court - unreported memorandum decision
http://www.pacourts.us/OpPosting/Cwealth/out/1262CD11_3-1-12.pdf - unreported
In Myers, our Supreme Court rejected the willful misconduct standard previously applied by this Court in Coulter. See Finch v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review, 692 A.2d 619 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1997). Specifically, our Supreme Court held that an employee’s negligence only constitutes willful misconduct if "[i]t is of ‘such a degree or recurrence as to manifest culpability, wrongful intent, or evil design, or show an intentional and substantial disregard of the employer’s interest or of the employee’s duties and obligations to the employer.’" Myers, 533 Pa. at 378, 625 A.2d at 625 (quoting Coleman v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review, 407 A.2d 130, 131-32 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1979)); Navickas v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review, 567 Pa. 298, 787 A.2d 284 (2001) (negligent conduct must be egregious or repetitive for it to warrant a finding that it is willful misconduct).