The Third Department determined claimant, who was listed as a principal of a corporation (Reel One), did not have a sufficient connection to the corporation to warrant the board’s decision claimant was not totally unemployed:
It is well settled that “[a] claimant who is a principal of an ongoing corporation will not be considered totally unemployed if he or she stands to benefit financially from its continued operation, no matter how minimal the activities performed on its behalf” … .
Here, there is no evidence that claimant performed any activities, however trivial, on behalf of Reel One in 2010 during the time period at issue. In addition, there is no evidence that claimant’s name appeared on any bank accounts or corporate documents. Claimant testified that his wife created Reel One as a nonprofit corporation in the 1990s before they were married and that she was the sole shareholder. Although claimant and his wife, who both had extensive journalism experience, were listed as principals of Reel One on its website, claimant testified that his wife provided this information for marketing purposes only and that the website functioned as a type of advertisement. There is no evidence that the website was actively used to transact business. Matter of Petrick (Commissioner of Labor), 2016 NY Slip Op 07363, 3rd Dept. 11-10-16
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (CLAIMANT’S CONNECTION TO A CORPORATION WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO WARRANT FINDING HE WAS NOT TOTALLY UNEMPLOYED)