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

By | 2016-01-01T19:52:05+00:00 December 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 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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2015 Highlights of State Unemployment Compensation Laws Available

By | 2015-09-16T17:17:13+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

The 2015 Edition of the Highlights of State Unemployment Compensation Laws book (The Green Book) is now available for purchase. If you have not already received or ordered the 2015 Edition, now is the time to complete your order. The book provides a comprehensive updated comparison of the primary features of state unemployment insurance tax and [...]

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2015 Significant Measures of State UI Tax Systems Report Shows State Differences in UI Tax Burden

By | 2015-09-16T17:28:47+00:00 August 12th, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

On August 12th, the US Department of Labor released the Significant Measures of State UI Tax Systems report reviewing state data for 2014. The report is available by link to http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/sigmeasuitaxsys14.pdf. The report demonstrates the variation state by state in the distribution of UI tax burden and identifies areas to be addressed by policy and or [...]

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Kentucky Pays Off UI Federal Loan – FUTA Tax Rate Expected to drop in Kentucky from $147 to $42 per employee for 2015

By | 2015-09-16T17:31:40+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

On August 10th Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky had repaid the Title XII loan debt to the federal government. The payoff is expected to trigger a significant reduction in the Federal Unemployment Tax to be paid by employers on employment in Kentucky for 2015. Governor Beshear estimated that the payoff would result in a reduction [...]

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Senate Finance Committee Passes 2 year Extension of WOTC and adds UI exhaustees

By | 2015-09-16T17:22:26+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

The Senate Finance Committee today passed a tax extenders package that would extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for two years through December of 2016 and an amendment in committee would expand the coverage to include individuals who have exhausted unemployment compensation. A summary of the Chairman’s amendment is available at http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/JCX-103-15%20%20Chairman's%20Modification.pdf . The expansion to [...]

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FUTA Taxes in 5 states and Virgin Islands Projected to Go UP for 2015 – Only Connecticut Choosing not to Request Waiver of Add On Increase

By | 2015-08-11T17:28:08+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

Of the states that have not repaid their UI trust fund loans to the federal government and are subject to the Benefit Cost Rate (BCR) Add On, only Connecticut has chosen not to seek a waiver of the additional tax. The BCR Add On in Connecticut will further increase the FUTA tax for employers in Connecticut [...]

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UWC Opposes Federal Mandate to Require Employers to Provide Occupational Coding (SOC codes) on Quarterly Wage Reports

By | 2015-05-30T16:15:40+00:00 May 30th, 2015|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

UWC delivered a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Minority Members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, opposing the imposition of a proposed new federal reporting mandate that would cost employers billions of dollars of compliance and administrative costs. We have also drafted a sign on letter and request that [...]

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