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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Texas Due to Hurricane Harvey

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is part of the federal response to unemployment caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The DUA program in Texas and other states, is administered through the state UI agency. The provisions of the program are similar to the regular Unemployment Insurance program but also apply to individuals who […]

President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Includes $13 billion UI tax Increase to pay for Required Paid Parental Leave

The President’s FY 2018 Budget was released today and contains a number of items that impact Unemployment Insurance, particularly the proposed required parental leave. The Budget summary document may be accessed athttps://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/budget.pdf The budget document includes: Provide Paid Parental Leave. During his campaign, the President pledged to pro­vide paid family leave to help new parents. […]

President Trump Signs Resolution to Disallow US DOL Drug Testing Regulations That Limit Agency Testing

President Trump today signed HJ Res 42 disallowing US DOL adopted regulations that limited drug testing of UI claimants by state UI agencies. >> White House Signed Legislation >> H.J. Res. 42 House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady was an advocate for the disallowance of the regulations and released a statement. “This new law […]

US Senate Votes to Disallow US DOL Regulations Restricting States from Testing UI Applicants for Controlled Substances

President Trump Expected to Sign The U.S. Senate on March 14th voted to approve House Joint Resolution H.J. Res 42 to disallow the regulations adopted by US DOL in August of 2016. The resolution may be viewed at https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hjres42/BILLS-115hjres42ih.pdf The Senate vote was along party lines, 51-48. The regulations have been the subject of concern […]

Trump Administration Proposal To Pay Child Care Leave With UI Would Increase Employer Taxes and Administrative Burden

Recent discussions on Capitol Hill and with the Trump administration indicate that the outline of the paid child care proposal released during the campaign is being seriously proposed. A recent article in Bloomberg described some recent discussions. Background The Child Care proposal that was posted during the campaign provided for a series of tax credits […]

US House Passes Resolution to Disallow US DOL Drug Testing Regulations That Limit Agency Testing

The US House of Representatives on February 15, 2017 passed a resolution disallowing US DOL adopted regulations that limited drug testing of UI claimants. >> View H.J. Res 42 Background Attached is House Ways and Means background document on the Congressional Review Act and this issue. The House leadership believes that the Department of Labor did not […]

UI Recognition Award Nominations Due March 1

UWC is currently accepting UI Recognition Award Nominations.  Each year we accept nominations for awards to individuals who have had a profound impact on the Unemployment Insurance system as researchers, policy leaders and contributors to the integrity of the program. UWC accepts nominations for consideration and announces the awards at the annual National Unemployment Insurance […]

US DOL Releases FUTA Offset Credit Decisions

On November 23, 2016, the US DOL, Employment and Training Administration released its determination with respect to FUTA offset credits in the Federal Register. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-23/pdf/2016-28238.pdf Sections 3302(c)(2)(A) and 3302(d)(3) of the FUTA provide that employers in a State that has an outstanding balance of advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act at […]