Washington Supreme Court Holds That Statutory List of “Good Cause” Reasons to Quit Are Not Exclusive, Further Opening the Door For Claimants to Claim
On June 19, 2008, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its decision in Spain v. Employment Sec. Dep’t, unanimously ruling that the statutory list of non-disqualifying reasons for voluntarily quitting work contained in former RCW 50.20.050(2)(b)(i) through (x) is not an exclusive list for establishing eligibility for unemployment benefits. The Supreme Court reasoned that the statute, as written, does not show clear legislative intent to limit eligibility for unemployment benefits to individuals who voluntarily quit work for one of the non-disqualifying reasons listed in the statute. View full article (PDF).