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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Refusal of Suitable Offer of Employment Leads To Unemployment Disqualification

Matter of Neuman v. Commissioner of Labor, ____A.D. 3d___(3d Dep't. April 18, 2013), illustrates an important point. As the court explained:

 "A claimant who refuses to accept a job for which he or she is reasonably suited by training and experience will be disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits" (Matter of Schirra [Commissioner of Labor], 45 AD3d 1067, 1068 [2007] [internal quotation marks and citation omitted]; see Matter of Southern-Penn [Commissioner of Labor], 83 AD3d 1318, 1319 [2011]). Here, the record confirms that claimant was qualified for the job offered to him and the position paid the prevailing wage (see Matter of Schirra [Commissioner of [*2]Labor], 45 AD3d at 1068). As for claimant's rejection of the job offer due to its location, "dissatisfaction with the length of one's commute does not constitute good cause for rejecting an otherwise suitable offer of employment" (Matter of Pelle [Commissioner of Labor], 12 AD3d 750, 751 [2004]; see Matter of Cunningham [Commissioner of Labor], 19 AD3d 980, 980 [2005]). Notably, claimant admitted receiving the unemployment insurance handbook explaining his obligations regarding reasonable commuting distances under these circumstances.

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