Pennsylvania Statutes Title 43 P.S. Labor § 802.1. Benefits based on service for educational institutions

Benefits based on service for educational institutions pursuant to Article X, XI or XII   1 shall as hereinafter provided be payable in the same amount, on the same terms and subject to the same conditions as outlined in section 404(g)   2;  except that:

(1) With respect to service performed after December 31, 1977, in an instructional, research, or principal administrative capacity for an educational institution, benefits shall not be paid based on such services for any week of unemployment commencing during the period between two successive academic years, or during a similar period between two regular terms whether or not successive or during a period of paid sabbatical leave provided for in the individual's contract, to any individual if such individual performs such services in the first of such academic years or terms and if there is a contract or a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform services in any such capacity for any educational institution in the second of such academic years or terms.

(2) With respect to services performed after October 31, 1983, in any other capacity for an educational institution, benefits shall not be paid on the basis of such services to any individual for any week which commences during a period between two successive academic years or terms if such individual performs such services in the first of such academic years or terms and there is a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform such services in the second of such academic years or terms.

(3) With respect to any services described in clause (1) or (2), benefits payable on the basis of such services shall be denied to any individual for any week which commences during an established and customary vacation period or holiday recess if such individual performed such services in the period immediately before such vacation period or holiday recess, and there is a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform such services in the period immediately following such vacation period or holiday recess.

(4) With respect to weeks of unemployment beginning after January 1, 1979, benefits shall be denied to an individual who performed services in or near an educational institution while in the employ of an educational service agency for any week which commences during a period described in clauses (1), (2) and (3) if such individual performs any services described in clause (1) or (2) in the first of such periods, as specified in the applicable clause, and there is a contract or a reasonable assurance, as applicable in the appropriate clause, that such individual will perform such services in the second of such periods, as applicable in the appropriate clause.  For purposes of this clause the term “educational service agency” means a governmental agency or governmental entity which is established and operated exclusively for the purposes of providing such services to one or more educational institutions.  A political subdivision or an intermediate unit may establish and operate such an educational service agency.  Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to modify existing collective bargaining units organized under the provisions of the act of July 23, 1970 (P.L. 563, No. 195), known as the “Public Employe Relations Act   3,” unless specifically agreed to by both the employer and employe representatives.

(5) With respect to an individual who performs services described in clause (2) of this section and who pursuant to clause (2) or (4) of this section is denied benefits for the period between academic years or terms, such individual if he is not offered an opportunity to perform such service in the second of such academic years or terms shall be paid benefits for the period which commences with the first week he was denied benefits solely by the reason of clause (2) or (4) of this section, provided he had filed timely claims for benefits throughout the denial period and was otherwise eligible for benefits.

1 43 P.S. §§ 891 et seq., 901 et seq., 911 et seq.
2 43 P.S. § 804.
3 43 P.S. § 1101.101 et seq.

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