Long-standing precedent had applied this provision narrowly so as to exclude permanent separation in exchange for consideration from the employer.
Well, kiss that precedent goodbye. In a 5-3 decision (Justice Orie Melvin did not participate), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held:
[W]e overrule the longstanding interpretation of the Commonwealth Court precluding employees who accept their employer's early retirement packages from receiving unemployment compensation benefits. We instead conclude that the VLO Proviso of Section 402(b) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 P.S. § 802(b), applies to an “otherwise eligible claimant” who accepts an early retirement plan offered pursuant to an employer-initiated workforce reduction. See 43 P.S. § 801.The case was remanded - I assume to determine whether the employee was "otherwise eligible."