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GERALD C. HIGGINS v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (09/07/79)

decided: September 7, 1979.

GERALD C. HIGGINS, PETITIONER
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW, RESPONDENT



Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in case of In Re: Claim of Gerald C. Higgins, No. B-154627.

COUNSEL

Thomas G. Wagner, for petitioner.

GuruJodha Singh Khalsa, Assistant Attorney General, with him Susan Shinkman, Assistant Attorney General, and Gerald Gornish, Attorney General, for respondent.

Judges Crumlish, Jr., Mencer and Craig, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Craig.

Author: Craig

[ 45 Pa. Commw. Page 510]

The Unemployment Compensation Board of Review affirmed the referee's decision that claimant Gerald C. Higgins was ineligible to receive benefits because he was self-employed, as specified by Section 402(h) of the Unemployment Compensation Law (Law), 43 P.S. ยง 802(h).*fn1 We affirm the board.

Section 402(h) provides that:

An employee shall be ineligible for compensation for any week --

(h) In which he is engaged in self-employment: Provided, however, That an employee who is able and available for full time work shall be deemed not engaged in self-employment by reason of continued participation without substantial change during a period of unemployment in any activity . . . undertaken while customarily employed by an employer in full time work whether or not said work is in 'employment' as defined in this act and continued subsequent to separation from such work when such activity is not engaged in as a primary source of livelihood.

[ 45 Pa. Commw. Page 511]

The proviso of Section 402(h) precludes disqualification under the following conditions: (1) that the self-employment activity precedes valid separation from full-time work; (2) that it continues without substantial change after separation; (3) that the claimant remains available for full time work after separation; and (4) that the self-employment activity is not the primary source of the claimant's livelihood. Parente v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 27 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 455, 366 A.2d 629 (1976).

The sole issue claimant raises on appeal is whether the Board correctly found that the nature of his self-employment substantially changed after his separation from the Target Corporation.

The findings of fact, as adopted by the Board, are supported by substantial evidence. Claimant testified that, in 1974, he had become a 28% owner in a partnership known as the Factory Outlet, where he worked approximately ten hours every third week, while employed by Target ...


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