Sunday, August 1, 2010

What the Heck is a Sideline Business Under Pennsylvania Unemployment Law, Anyway?

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If you are receiving unemployment benefits, and at the same time working as an independent contractor, you may be disqualified from receiving unemployment on the grounds that you are self employed.  If, however, you can prove that you have a Sideline Business, you will be deemed eligible to continue receiving unemployment in Pennsylvania.


Click Here to examine a Pennsylvania case that provides the test for a sideline business.  In general, a Sideline Business is an enterprise that you have operated while you were employed on a full time basis, that you continue to operate after you become unemployed from full-time employment.  In such cases, you will remain eligible to continue receiving benefits provided that 1) the sideline business was never your primary source of income; 2) you continue to look for work; and, 3) you have not increased the amount of time spent operating the sideline business since you became unemployed.

Example:  Accountant employed by an accounting firm from time to time prepares and files tax returns on behalf of friends and family.  After she is fired, she provides the same services to her friends and family.  She is eligible to continue receiving benefits from unemployment. 

Note:  You should report to unemployment that you are doing the sideline work as soon as you start doing it (i.e. do not wait until you have been paid).  If the Service Center should discontinue benefits, appeal and seek a Hearing before an Unemployment Referee.

Click Here to see our answers to FAQs relating to Pa Unemployment law and procedure.

See our YouTube on this issue and 6 other commonly asked unemployment questions in Pennsylvania. The questions we answer are as follows:

1.  What is Willful Misconduct in Pennsylvania? 

2.  If I Quit My Job, Am I Entitled to Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits?

3.  May I Apply for Unemployment in Pennsylvania If I Am Getting Severance ?

4.  If I Am Disabled Can I Receive Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits?

5.  Can I Receive Unemployment in Pennsylvania If I Work Part-Time and ?

6.  Am I Disqualified from Pennsylvania Unemployment If I Do Consulting Work?

7.  What is an Independent Contractor Under Pennsylvania Unemployment Law?

The Gallagher Law Group handles Unemployment Compensation matters for individuals in communities such as Plymouth Whitemarsh, Chestnut Hill, Plymouth Meeting, Blue Bell, Chalfont, Springfield, Broomall, Newtown Square, Media, Norristown, Lansdale, Horsham, East Goshe, West Chester and Malvern.

If you have a question about unemployment in Pennsylvania, call us today and we will discuss your matter at no cost to you.

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