Claimant was employed by a nonprofit corporation located in Texas, working remotely from her home in Missouri. When claimant was terminated due to budget cuts, she unsuccessfully applied for unemployment benefits, with the division ruling that work for a nonprofit constituted “employment” only if the nonprofit had four or more employees in Missouri.
Where relevant statutes did not include any condition that a nonprofit organization’s employees be located in Missouri, the division erred by restricting the “four or more employees” rule to count only employees located in Missouri and thereby denying claimant unemployment benefits.
Judgment is reversed and remanded.
Phoenix v. Summer Institute of Linguistics (MLW No. 72744/Case No. ED106937 – 15 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Dowd, J.) Appealed from Labor and Industrial Relations Commission