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Michigan Pays Off Bonds and Reduces Employer Obligations for 2020

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 Obligation Assessment in 2019, [...]

By |December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Comments Off on Michigan Pays Off Bonds and Reduces Employer Obligations for 2020

Bi-partisan “Comp Act” introduced to Clarify Application of MSP

On August 2, 2019, Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Representative George Holding (R-NC) introduced the COMP Act (HR 4161) to clarify the application of Medicare Secondary Payer provisions to Workers’ Compensation. The bill has broad based support from injured worker representatives and workers’ compensation payers seeking to clarify the application of MSP to Workers’ Compensation settlements. HR 4161 would improve [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Archive|Comments Off on Bi-partisan “Comp Act” introduced to Clarify Application of MSP

Massachusetts Enacts Extended Benefits for Locked Out Employees

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 language provides: (d)  Notwithstanding subsection [...]

By |January 12th, 2019|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Massachusetts Enacts Extended Benefits for Locked Out Employees

CMS Plans to Propose “Guidance” for future medical under Workers’ Compensation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2019 regulatory agenda including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for a rule that would provide guidance for Medicare beneficiaries with respect to health care choices and Medicare Secondary Payer. The text of the notice  is provided below with Notice of Proposed Rulemaking projected for September 2019. The proposal suggests that [...]

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , |Comments Off on CMS Plans to Propose “Guidance” for future medical under Workers’ Compensation

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

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 Tax Act (FUTA) Credit [...]

By |November 15th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |Comments Off on FUTA Tax in California Going Down to 0.6% – Virgin Islands FUTA goes up again

USDOL Publishes Proposed New UI Drug Testing Regulations for Comment

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 requirements than the 2016 [...]

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on USDOL Publishes Proposed New UI Drug Testing Regulations for Comment

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