“Economic insecurity due to unemployment is a serious menace to the health, morals, and welfare of the people of the Commonwealth. Involuntary unemployment and its resulting burden of indigency falls with crushing force upon the unemployed worker, and ultimately upon the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions in the form of poor relief assistance.” —Policy statement accompanying passage of the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Act.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation law, like that of many other states, provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The law is administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and provides unemployment pay to employees in some situations beyond the control of the employer.
In effect, some Pennsylvania employers can actually be liable for unemployment payments even though their former employee voluntarily quit.
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