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Pennsylvania Teacher Granted Unemployment

Court rules that teacher terminated from church-affiliated school is eligible for unemployment benefits.


Key point. Employees of churches and church-affiliated schools are ineligible for unemployment benefits in most states.

A Pennsylvania court ruled that a terminated employee of a church-affiliated school was eligible for unemployment benefits since her employment was not exempt from coverage. A common question for any church that operates a school or preschool is the application of state unemployment laws to its employees. Are employees entitled to unemployment benefits if they resign or are terminated? This question was addressed by a Pennsylvania court. An assistant (the "plaintiff") to the principal of a religious school was terminated, and she applied for unemployment compensation benefits under state law. A state agency determined that she was ineligible for benefits because she did not have sufficient wages entitling her to benefits. In reaching this conclusion, ...

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