Wednesday, February 08, 2017

UC - vol. quit - medical issues - duty to preserve employment

St. Clair Hospital v. UCBR – Cmwlth. Court – en banc (4-3) – February 2, 2017

Held that claimant “did nokt take all reasonable and necessary steps to preserve her employment,” where
- employer game her list of 132 open positions
- employer specified two job from list that CL could do
- CL did not contact ER about the two job or apply for any open position specified by employer.

The two primary cases discussed were
- Genetin v. UCBR – 451 A.2d 1353 (Pa. 1982), and
-  Nolan v. UCBR – 797 A.2d 1042 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2002)

The dissents argued that
- the record “lacked sufficient evidence that the employer is able to provide...suitable work”
- the majority opinion ran counter to Genetin – employer did not take steps to provide suitable work once CL told ER of medical issue
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