Hospital Work Stoppage Triggered Unemployment: Pa. Court

Law360, Philadelphia (June 4, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday found that 1,100 unionized Temple University Hospital employees were eligible for unemployment benefits during a 2010 work stoppage, finding that it counted as a lockout, not a strike.

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upheld a decision of the state’s Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in concluding that the hospital precipitated the work stoppage by making changes to the employees' tuition reimbursement program.

The panel pointed to a “status quo” test in Pennsylvania law that evaluates who altered...
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