Claimant who did not want to commit to new office location or commute to old one voluntarily left work
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Friday, April 9, 2021

Claimant who did not want to commit to new office location or commute to old one voluntarily left work

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

After the claimant was displaced due to a house fire, her employer temporarily offered her a position at a closer facility. After two months, the employer told the claimant she would have to file an application for a permanent move to the new office or return to her old office. Because the claimant did not want to commit to the new office or work in the old office due to the commute, she voluntarily left her employment. She also failed to explain why the only acceptable temporary housing available was almost 90 minutes from her job or why she could not return to her original job while she looked for housing in there. Moreover, although the employer denied the claimant's request for personal leave to look for housing locally, there was nothing in the record demonstrating that she was unable to search for housing on her days off or online. The court thus held that she failed to show that she had a necessary and compelling reason to leave work. Benefits were denied (Veronica Walker v. UCBR, Pa. Comwth. Ct. (Unpub. Op.), No. 587 C.D. 2020, March 10, 2021).

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