Roccograndi v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review

Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 1962.

197 Pa.Super. 372, 178 A.2d 786.

Hamilton, pp. 366-367


Facts: Three shareholders in a family corporation appealed a ruling saying that they couldnít basically lay themselves off from their own company to collect unemployment checks because they were really self-employed and had the power to work or not work.


Issue: Can the corporate entity be ignored for the purposes of determining whether the claimants are statutory employees or if they are self-employed?


Rule: The corporate entity may be ignored in determining whether the claimants are just self-employed people whose business wasnít going so good at the time.


Analysis: Not much!It seems pretty tricky to vote on who will get laid off each time there isnít enough work to go around.This court sees right through it.


Conclusion: The administrative rulings against the claimants are affirmed.


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