Duquesne Law Review


This article provides an analysis of the legislative changes to the labor dispute disqualification of the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law since its enactment in 1936, culminating in the lockout exception in 1949. This article attempts to provide a historical analysis while at the same time focusing on areas of controversy and litigation pertaining to labor dispute disqualification, particularly the judicially created concepts of "status quo" and "reasonable time." Each area is discussed and specific changes in the interpretation of the law are suggested where warranted in the hope of fostering uniformity and consistency, thereby reducing the number of labor disputes in Pennsylvania while at the same time forming a body of law upon which interested parties may rely.

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