Thompson v Chippewa Valley School District – 5.18

Thompson v Chippewa Valley School District
Digest no. 5.18

Section 27(i)

Cite as: Thompson v Chippewa Valley School Dist, unpublished opinion of the Macomb Circuit Court, issued August 28, 1997 (Docket No. 96-7631-AE).

Appeal pending: No
Claimant: Frances A. Thompson
Employer: Chippewa Valley School District
Docket no.: B93-15538-131205
Date of decision: August 28, 1997

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CIRCUIT COURT HOLDING: A claimant is ineligible under Section 27(i) where she has received reasonable assurance of re-employment, despite the fact the assigned employment included a 7% pay reduction.

FACTS: After a millage failure it was anticipated that bus drivers could expect a reduction of one hour to an hour and a half per day in the following year. Thereafter, the school system gave the claimant and other drivers a letter of assurance which indicated the employer believed it would re-employ them in positions similar to what they had in the prior academic year. Claimant asserted she would be experiencing a substantial reduction in hours. But claimant’s hourly earnings were raised from $13.38 to $14.32. The net reduction would be 7%, from $501 to $465 weekly. There was no adverse impact on her fringe benefits.

DECISION: Claimant is ineligible under the school denial provisions of Section 27(i).

RATIONALE: Denial of benefits to a school district employee is authorized under Section 27(9) if she was reasonably assured of re-employment and the economic terms and conditions of employment in the new year were reasonably similar to those of the preceding year.

Digest Author: Board of Review (original digest here)
Digest Updated: 7/99

Gillette v Jackson Public Schools – 5.08

Gillette v Jackson Public Schools
Digest no. 5.08

Section 27(i)

Cite as: Gillette v Jackson Pub Schools, unpublished opinion of the Jackson County Circuit Court, issued July 14, 1980 (Docket No. 79 017594).

Appeal pending: No
Claimant: Kathleen A. Gillette, et al.
Employer: Jackson Public Schools
Docket no.: B76 19061 54930
Date of decision: July 14, 1980

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CIRCUIT COURT HOLDING: Where Labor Day is the first day of a school district’s academic year, the week of the holiday is a compensable week.

FACTS: These appeals involved 10 teachers and a school bus driver.

“Claimant’s applications for Unemployment benefits for the week containing Labor Day were denied by the Michigan Unemployment Security Commission under Section 27(i)(2) and (4) of the Michigan Employment Security Act (MSA 17.529)(i)(2) and (4).”

DECISION: The week ending September 11, 1976 is a compensable week for the claimants.

RATIONALE: “Appellees base their position on Section 50(a) of the Act (MSA 17.554(a)) which provides: ‘Week’ means calendar week, ending at midnight Saturday … ‘”

“And Appellees argue that pursuant to Section 50(a) and then existing commission procedures, compensable weeks for unemployment benefits ran from Sunday through Saturday and if an individual was disqualified for one day of the week, he was disqualified for the entire week.”

“Appellees’ narrow interpretation of the Statute does not carry out the Declaration of Policy of the Act … ”

Digest Author: Board of Review (original digest here)
Digest Updated:
11/90