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Pennsylvania Court Jump Starts Unemployment Claim

On August 29, 2013, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania—an intermediate appellate court—affirmed an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (UCBR) decision that an employee was entitled to unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. According to the court, because the employee, who was earning $9.00 an hour, could not afford a car repair or to buy another vehicle, the employee had shown “good cause” for having violated the employer’s rule requiring employees to have reliable transportation. Bell Socialization Services v. UCBR, Pa. Commw. Ct., No. 414 C.D. 2013 (August 29, 2013).

Employee was awarded UC benefits after being fired for failing to repair or replace her inoperable automobile

On August 29, 2013, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania – an intermediate appellate court – affirmed an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (UCBR) decision that because an employee who was earning $9.00 an hour was unable to afford to pay for care repair or to buy another vehicle, the employee showed “good cause” for violating the employer’s rule that an employee must have reliable transportation, and therefore was entitled to unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. Bell Socialization Services v. UCBR, Pa. Commw. Ct., No. 414 C.D. 2013 (August 29, 2013).