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WIOA Final Rule include No new employer quarterly wage record reporting – Increased information exchange with Education

By |2016-08-19T17:39:46+00:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

On August 19, 2016 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions; Final Rule was released by the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-19/pdf/2016-15977.pdf The final rule responds to a number of comments, including comments submitted [...]

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US DOL Releases Final Regs on State Agency Drug Testing of UI Applicants

By |2016-08-03T14:26:26+00:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |

The final DOL regulations defining the circumstances under which UI applicants may be tested for controlled substances as a condition of being paid unemployment were released today. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-01/pdf/2016-17738.pdf . The final regulations continue a very narrow interpretation of an already narrow statutory provision describing the circumstances under which a state may perform drug tests. The [...]

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US DOL Seeks Comments on Reemployment Eligibility and Reemployment Services Reporting Requirements

By |2016-03-11T03:10:59+00:00March 1st, 2016|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: |

The US Department of Labor on February 29th published Information Collection Regulations for comment in the Federal Register concerning the required reporting of Reemployment Eligibility Assessments (REAs) and Reemployment Services. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-01/pdf/2016-04477.pdf. The proposal would modify the requirements so as to limit the required reports to individuals provided these services. Specifically, the proposed regulations would require [...]

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President Obama’s Proposed FY 2017 Budget Would Impose $63 billion in Unemployment Tax Increases on Employers

By |2016-02-22T00:46:07+00:00February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

President Obama’s proposed FY 2017 budget would impose increases in state and federal unemployment taxes estimated by the US Treasury to total $63 billion over the next ten years and make the increased tax base permanent and indexed. See https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/tax-policy/Documents/General-Explanations-FY2017.pdf for details. Building on the FY 2016 proposal, the budget includes an increase in the FUTA [...]

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Trade “Customs” Act Signed by President – New Occupation Reporting Burden Not Included

By |2016-03-11T03:03:04+00:00February 11th, 2016|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

On February 24, 2016 President Obama signed into law the Trade “Customs” bill  otherwise known as the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015’’. The full text of the Act as signed by the President. This legislation was the last of a series of trade related bills that were enacted in 2015. The Senate passed [...]

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President Signs Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 – Includes 5 Year WOTC Expansion and Special Treatment of Motion Picture Projects

By |2016-01-01T19:47:53+00:00December 21st, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Workforce Issues|

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the President signed into law H.R. 2029 – the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016,” which provides fiscal year 2016 full-year appropriations through September 30, 2016 for all agencies. See text at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2029enr/pdf/BILLS-114hr2029enr.pdf. The Act included two provisions of note related to unemployment compensation or workers’ compensation. Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Extension [...]

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Five Year WOTC Extension Passed by Senate and House – President Signs Legislation

By |2016-01-01T19:52:05+00:00December 18th, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

In very quick order the House passed this morning and the Senate passed H.R 2029, the Omnibus appropriations and tax extenders bill, and sent the bill to the President for his signature. The President has said he will sign the bill.  The two pieces of the bill addressing tax extenders provisions and appropriations were negotiated together. [...]

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FUTA Tax Increases for 2015 in California, Connecticut, Ohio and the Virgin Islands

By |2015-11-13T15:36:33+00:00November 13th, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: |

The US Department of Labor has released its determinations with respect to the FUTA offset credit, BCR Waiver Requests, and FUTA rates for 2015. FUTA taxes in Connecticut are the highest in the country at $189 per employee instead of the normal $42 per employee because the state chose not to request a waiver of the [...]

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Indiana Paying off Loan to Reduce FUTA Tax for 2015

By |2015-11-13T23:19:30+00:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

In a press release on October 22nd, Gov. Mike Pence made it official that the state is paying off a longtime unemployment debt to the federal government, a move the governor indicates will save Indiana businesses $327 million statewide in 2016. "We are leveraging the fiscal strength of this state in a way that will support [...]

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UI Benefit Appeal Reversal Rates Vary Considerably by State

By |2015-11-13T23:24:23+00:00October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

The US Department of Labor periodically posts UI Benefit Appeals data showing the UI Appeal Reversal rates when claimants appeal and when employers appeal. The average reversal rates are similar on a national basis. For Lower  Level Appeals, 34.5% for Claimant Appeals and 37.7% for Employer Appeals. At the Higher level Claimants prevail on average 12.7% [...]

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