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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 18, 2015 02:16 PM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amend Unemployment Compensation Law to Encourage Entrepreneurship
I will soon re-introduce Senate Bill 212 of last session, which would amend the unemployment compensation law to take away the current disincentive for unemployed individuals to start their own businesses.

Under current law, those receiving unemployment compensation lose their benefits with their first positive step toward starting a business, be it the renting of an office or the purchase of equipment. I believe this restriction wrongly punishes individuals and stops them from seeking financial self-reliance.

Under my bill, an unemployed individual who begins a business would continue to receive unemployment compensation benefits for 26 weeks or until the profits from the new business exceed 50 percent of their unemployment compensation benefits, whichever comes first. Individuals receiving benefits while starting their own business would, during the 26 weeks, still be required to be available for suitable work per current law.

Let’s encourage entrepreneurship and job creation. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation, which was co-sponsored last session by KITCHEN, TEPLITZ, KASUNIC, SCHWANK, STACK, WASHINGTON, RAFFERTY, WOZNIAK, FARNESE, YUDICHAK, ERICKSON, BROWNE, FONTANA, BREWSTER, HUGHES, SOLOBAY, WAUGH, FERLO, COSTA, TARTAGLIONE and WILLIAMS.

Introduced as SB679