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Senate Approves Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Bill, House Expected to Pass

By |2020-03-27T01:52:28+00:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |

On March 25, 2020 the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act). The bill is expected to be approved by the House and signed by the President A House Ways and Means summary is provided at https://gop-waysandmeans.house.gov/the-senate-cares-bill-unemployment/ UWC is preparing a detailed summary of Subtitle A – Unemployment Insurance [...]

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President’s FY 2021 Budget Includes National $20.8 Billion Paid Parental Leave Program

By |2020-02-22T20:20:23+00:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: |

Once again, the President’s Budget Proposal for FY 2021 provides for a national paid parental leave program “within the UI Program” with no details as to how that might be accomplished. The description of the proposal simply indicates: The Budget includes a proposal to establish a Federal-state paid parental leave benefit program within the UI program [...]

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President’s FY 2021 Budget

By |2020-02-22T19:34:07+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: |

Budget proposal would impose solvency standards projected to result in over $10 billion in UI related taxes and integrity measures President Trump’s FY 2021 proposed budget would set a “solvency” standard that would result in increasing State Unemployment Insurance taxes and/or benefit cuts in states with lower trust fund balances. The budget describes the new federal [...]

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Nominations for UI Recognition Awards Deadline March 2nd

By |2020-02-09T21:06:35+00:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Awards, Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 announces the awards at the annual National Unemployment Insurance Issues conference. The conference is hosted by the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and [...]

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Pennsylvania Announces UI Tax Reduction in 2020

By |2020-01-14T03:11:34+00:00January 9th, 2020|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

Good news for employers doing business in Pennsylvania!!! See the release below from Governor Tom Wolf on January 8, 2020 and comment from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Governor Tom Wolf today announced Pennsylvania businesses will see a reduction in their unemployment compensation (UC) tax rates, saving an estimated $552 million this year. The [...]

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Michigan Pays Off Bonds and Reduces Employer Obligations for 2020

By |2020-01-14T03:21:02+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

On Friday, December 20, 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement announcing that in 2020, Michigan employers will no longer see an Obligation Assessment on their tax rate notice thanks to the early payoff of Michigan Finance Authority bonds by the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The UIA with its partners, sought to pay off the [...]

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Massachusetts Enacts Extended Benefits for Locked Out Employees

By |2019-01-12T16:23:06+00:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |

On December 31, 2018 Massachusetts enacted and the Governor signed into law legislation that would provide up to 26 weeks after regular unemployment compensation and other extended benefit and federal unemployment benefits are exhausted. The extension would be up to 26 weeks or for the duration of the lockout, whichever is shorter. Legislation Language The actual [...]

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FUTA Tax in California Going Down to 0.6% – Virgin Islands FUTA goes up again

By |2018-11-15T03:46:55+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |

Yes, it is official!! After years of recovery from the 2008 recession and constantly increasing FUTA taxes due from employers in California, the state has finally met the key condition needed to avoid FUTA credit reductions: no outstanding Title XII loans.  On November 10th , USDOL published the official notice. See also the spreadsheet "Final 2018 Federal Unemployment [...]

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USDOL Publishes Proposed New UI Drug Testing Regulations for Comment

By |2018-11-05T21:52:31+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , , |

On November 5, 2018 the US Department of Labor published new UI Drug Testing Regulations for Comment. Comments may be submitted in response to the regulations by January 4, 2019. See the link above for instructions. New Interpretation Regulations  In this NPRM, the Department now proposes a substantially different and more flexible approach to the statutory [...]

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UWC Opposes HR 6545

By |2018-09-24T16:36:18+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

UWC Opposes Proposal to pay Unemployment Compensation to Individuals Who Quit for Reasons Not Connected to Work HR 6545 sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) addresses a long list of issues associated with the Violence Against Women Act. Unfortunately, the bill includes a provision in Section 702 that significantly amends the requirements of state UI [...]

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