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Court Of Appeals Finds “Reasonableness” Of Work Rule Violation Is Not An Issue Under Louisiana-Pacific Doctrine

State ex rel. Haywood v. Indus. Comm., 2013-Ohio-2658.  An employer terminated a claimant because she violated a work rule against having a cell phone in work areas.  After receiving prior warnings for violating the policy, the claimant accepted a cell phone call from her daughter that the daughter’s babysitter had died of a heart attack.  The claimant later filed for temporary total disability compensation, which was denied under Louisiana-Pacific because the claimant violated a known work rule.  The claimant contended her violation of the work rule should have been excused because of the unusual circumstances of the case.  The court of appeals held the Commission properly denied TTC because the claimant’s termination of a known work rule was a voluntary abandonment of employment.  Click here to read the court’s decision.

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