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Case No. 21-1948

Kyle A. Dornath
v.
Employment Appeal Board

Kyle Dornath appeals from the district court’s order on judicial review affirming the Employment Appeal Board’s (EAB) decision to deny Dornath unemployment benefits for the week he was attending mandatory training as part of an apprenticeship program. Dornath argues prior precedent interpreting the statutory requirements for unemployment demonstrates he is eligible for benefits. Dornath further argues he was not required to demonstrate that he was able and available to work in order to qualify for unemployment benefits because he qualified for benefits under either the partial unemployment or temporary unemployment exemption. Additionally, Dornath contends he did not take a voluntary leave of absence for the week in question. I recommend retaining this appeal. This court has not addressed whether an apprentice who attends mandatory training qualifies for unemployment benefits through partial or temporary unemployment under section 96.4(3)(a) and both sides agree this issue will affect many employees in Iowa who are involved in apprenticeship programs that involve classroom training.

County:
Polk

Appellant

Kyle A. Dornath

Appellees

Employment Appeal Board

Attorneys for Appellant

Jason R. McClitis

Attorneys for Appellees

Rick Autry

Gayla R. Harrison

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

Non-Oral

Oct 13, 2022 1:30 PM

Briefs

Other Information

Date Retained:
Jun 01, 2022
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