Protesting jobless benefits can be a key way to manage your unemployment costs, as states grant employers a window to dispute rulings in a court of law.

In California, there is good news for local businesses: The state legislature’s recent bill, SB 1314, will soon go into effect. One main part of the bill is the extension of the appeal window, with employers now getting 30 days instead of 20 to protest a ruling.

“Law extends appeal window by 10 days.”

The initial legislation was passed into law back in September 2014, but the specific mandate on unemployment insurance was scheduled for July 1, 2015. As the law currently stands, employers have 20 days to either request a hearing or file an appeal.

This 20-day period is on the short side for businesses. It takes time to properly prepare for an appeal, from gathering all the related facts, finding viable witnesses and building an effective argument. This doesn’t take into account cases that require legal counsel, which can add more time to the process. That meant 20 days was cutting it close, with many companies having a hard time performing due diligence within that window.

Now, however, employers have an extra 10 days to get prepared for an unemployment insurance claim protest.

California’s jobless rate declines
Ahead of the July 1, 2015 effective date, California has been undergoing several positive changes related to the labor market.

The California Employment Development Department reported that the state’s jobless rate was 6.9 percent in January, down from 7.1 percent in December. In addition, California also gained more than 67,000 nonfarm payroll jobs during that time, good for a total of more than 1.8 million since February 2010. Over the past year, jobs have grown by 3.2 percent.

On a similar note, there were only slightly more than 397,000 people claiming jobless benefits in January of this year, down both on a month-over-month and year-over-year basis. New claims had also dropped at both those times.

Overall, these are positive trends for local employers. The California labor market is headed in the right direction, and new legislation will further help businesses manage their unemployment costs.

At Corporate Cost Control, we work closely with employers across the country to better manage the nuances of unemployment insurance. Legislation changes on the state level could impact you today, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have on a wide range of topics.


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