FROM THE ARKANSAS BOARD OF REVIEW [NO. 2018-BR-01119]
F. Campbell, P.A., North Little Rock, by: Sheila F. Campbell,
Cynthia Uhrynowycz, for appellee.
R. ABRAMSON, Judge
Roberta Jones appeals the Arkansas Board of Reviews
("Boards") decision denying her claim for
unemployment benefits. On appeal, Jones argues that the Board
erred in finding that she was disqualified from receiving
benefits because (1) she voluntarily left her last work
without good cause and (2) she was not able and available for
suitable work. We affirm.
June 27, 2018, Jones filed an application for
unemployment-insurance benefits with the director of the
Department of Workforce Services ("Department").
She indicated that she had last worked for Atrium Hospitality
LP ("Atrium") and that her employment had ended on
March 11. She further stated that her separation from
employment was for medical leave and that she has
disabilities that limited her ability to perform her job
on June 27, Jones completed an "Able and
Available-Claimant Statement" and responded that she was
not able and available for work from March 9, and she left
the ending date open. She further marked that she was
"[s]till not able and available for work."
July 6, Atrium responded that Jones had been on medical leave
through June 30 and that she was scheduled to return to work
on July 1. Atrium attached a June 25 letter from Cigna
stating that Joness medical leave would expire on June 30
and that she had been advised to return to work on the first
working day following the expiration.
July 17, Jones completed a "Miscellaneous-Claimant
Statement." She wrote,
I didnt go back to work because I am still not able to work.
I was suppose[d] to return to work 7-1-18 but I didnt. I
didnt take anything from my employer stating I still needed
time off. I did file for worksman [sic] comp but they denied
it because they said there is no proof that I was hurt [a]t
work. I have filed a grievance since they denied my worksman
[sic] comp but I havent heard anything.
July 18, the Department found that Jones was disqualified
from benefits because (1) she had left Atrium without making
reasonable efforts to preserve her job rights and (2) she was
not able to ...