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Vandervoort v B.S. Greenhouses Corp 13.19

Section 29(1)(e)/29(6)

REFUSAL OF WORK, Suitable work, Fringe benefits, Preferred occupation.

CITE AS: Vandervoort v B.S. Greenhouses Corp., Wayne Circuit Court, No. 95-531278-AV (May 9, 1996).

Appeal pending: No

Claimant: Phyllis Vandervoort

Employer: B.S. Greenhouses Corporation

Docket No. B93-01574-127092W

CIRCUIT COURT HOLDING: Where claimant was offered a full-time position doing work she had been performing on a part-time basis, the work was suitable and claimant did not have good cause to refuse the offer because no fringe benefits were offered and claimant wanted to look for work in "her field."

FACTS: Claimant worked part-time for employer and full-time as a caregiver in a group home. When claimant lost her full-time job she applied for and received unemployment benefits. Employer offered claimant full-time work with no benefits. Claimant declined offer because of lack of benefits, low pay and desire to look for job in her "field" - as a caregiver. Employer discharged her from her part-time position for refusing to make herself available for full-time hours.

DECISION: Claimant is disqualified for benefits under Section 29(1)(e).

RATIONALE: The work offered claimant was plainly "suitable" because she had already been doing it when it was offered on a full-time basis. Lack of fringe benefits does not render work unsuitable nor does it amount to good cause to refuse the work. Need for time to look for employment in her preferred "field" also does not provide claimant with good cause to refuse.


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