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RENSLEY STEPPLER v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (12/17/79)

COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: December 17, 1979.

RENSLEY STEPPLER, 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 Rensley Steppler, No. B-164746.

COUNSEL

Rensley Steppler, petitioner, for himself.

William Kennedy, Assistant Attorney General, with him GuruJodha Singh Khalsa, Assistant Attorney General, Richard Wagner, Chief Counsel, and Edward G. Biester, Jr., Attorney General, for respondent.

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

Author: Crumlish

[ 48 Pa. Commw. Page 55]

The Unemployment Compensation Board of Review affirmed the referee's denial of benefits to Rensley Steppler upon a determination that he was an unemployed businessman rather than an employee.

The record supports the finding that Steppler was President and 50% shareholder in the corporate venture. Claimant's testimony indicates that, along with his brother who owned the remaining shares, he controlled the business operation.

[ 48 Pa. Commw. Page 56]

"The Unemployment Compensation Law was not enacted to compensate individuals who fail in their business ventures and become unemployed businessmen." Starinieri Unemployment Compensation Case, 447 Pa. 256, 289 A.2d 726 (1972). Steppler, as 50% shareholder, a corporate officer and one who exercised substantial control of the business, must be considered an unemployed businessman ineligible for benefits upon business failure.

Steppler also contends that due process principles are violated by including within wages subject to tax pursuant to the Unemployment Compensation Law, the wages of corporate stockholders who are bona fide employees and yet who, as unemployed businessmen, would be ineligible for benefits. This position has previously been determined to be meritless. Healy v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 36 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 415, 387 A.2d 1025 (1978); Bagley & Huntsberger, Inc. v. Employment Accounts Review Board, 34 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 488, 383 A.2d 1299 (1978).

Accordingly, we

Order

And Now, this 17th day of December, 1979, the decision of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-164746, affirming a referee's denial of benefits to Rensley Steppler, is hereby affirmed.

Disposition

Affirmed.

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