UU 400.1 Declines Hours

Click on the case numbers below to access decisions that consider whether a claimant who turns down work hours is eligible for unemployment benefits.

0014 0062 59

0014 0062 59 (Mar. 9, 2015) – A claimant, who turned down a number of hours per week from the employer at a location which she reasonably believed caused her health problems, was entitled to partial unemployment benefits.  In light of other statutory provisions and applicable case law, we interpret G.L. c. 151A, § 1(r)(1), to permit a claimant to refuse unsuitable work.

0012 3564 87

0012 3564 87 (Oct. 10, 2014) – A laid-off commercial driver and carpenter was not disqualified pursuant to G.L. c. 151A, §§ 29 and 1(r), when he declined to accept additional hours of work from his part-time subsidiary employer.  The offered work was not suitable full-time employment, because it was several dollars less per hour than his customary work and outside of his usual occupational field. 

0001 1361 33

0001 1361 33 (Sept. 15, 2014) – A claimant, who refused an offer of work from one employer because she was working in other suitable employment, was not disqualified under G.L. c. 151A, §§ 29(a),(b), and 1(r).

0002 1114 94

0002 1114 94 (Nov. 4, 2013) – Held that claimant with two part-time jobs was in partial unemployment during a week when her employer reduced her hours.  She was not required to turn down work from the other employer in order to make herself more available to the employer for replacement hours.


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