1. A14-0057 Sondra Keeney, Relator, v. Midwest Special Services, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
Summary: Sondra Keeney was employed by Midwest Special Services, Inc., until she quit due to stress and anxiety. An unemployment-law judge determined that she is ineligible for unemployment benefits. On appeal, she argues that she is eligible because she had a serious illness that made it medically necessary to quit and because she quit for a good reason caused by her employer. Although there is a medical exception to the general rule that quitting employment results in ineligibility for unemployment benefits, the unemployment law judge found that Keeney did not prove that she had to quit for medical reasons by introducing evidence, such as a doctor's note. The Court of Appeals affirmed because the unemployment law judge's decision was supported by substantial evidence.
2. A13-2221 Donald Bergs, Relator, v. Midwest Special Services, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
Summary: Donald Bergs sought and received unemployment benefits from the department of employment and economic development after being terminated from his job. After the end of the benefit year applicable to his benefit account, Bergs tried to establish another benefit account. But the department invalidated his attempts to do so because Bergs had not experienced another loss of employment. The department also determined that the unemployment benefits Bergs received on his original benefit account must be reduced by an amount equal to 50 percent of his Social Security old-age benefits. In this petition for certiorari review, Bergs challenges the department’s invalidation of his attempts to establish another benefit account and the department’s reduction of his benefits. We affirm.
3. A14-0052 Tonya Johnson, Respondent, v. Asbestos Workers Union No. 34, Relator, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
Summary: Asbestos Workers Union No. 34 (the Union) challenges the unemployment-law judge’s decision that respondent Tonya Johnson is eligible for unemployment benefits because she was not discharged for employment misconduct. The "misconduct" in this case was allegedly knowing that Johnson's supervisor had misappropriated Union funds to pay for personal services on Johnson's behalf -- a repairperson's examination of Johnson's air conditioning unit to determine why it was not working and an attorney in a criminal matter. The unemployment law judge found that Johnson did not know that Union funds had been misappropriated to pay either the air-conditioning bill (indeed, Johnson did not know that there was a bill) or her attorney.
The Union contends that the evidence does not support the factual findings and that the unemployment-law judge should have issued a subpoena and ordered an additional hearing. Because substantial evidence supports the findings and the unemployment-law judge acted within her discretion, we affirm.
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