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Announcing the Winner of the First Aaron Heyer Team Player Award

Aaron HeyerIn 2017 CCC lost an amazing coworker and friend, Aaron Heyer after a valiant battle with kidney cancer.  Aaron was a special person and his absence has been felt by everyone.  To honor Aaron, CCC has created an annual award to a team member that exhibits the qualities that were best exemplified by Aaron.  We are proud to announce the first winner!

 

Congratulations! 

Cheryl Driscoll – Regional Manager

2017 Aaron Heyer Team Player Award

Cheryl will receive a $2500 bonus and a plaque, including her name,  will be displayed at our corporate headquarters.  CCC will also provide Aaron’s family with a $2500 gift to honor Aaron’s amazing gift of service to CCC and our clients.

 

Everyone who knew Aaron, knows that it is difficult to find someone who lives up to who Aaron was and all that he did. CCC has a vast number of talented team members that fit many of the qualities that Aaron possessed, but there is one employee that stood out in 2017.Cheryl Driscoll
Cheryl Driscoll, much like Aaron, is the ultimate team player.  Cheryl has a true passion for providing not just her clients, but all clients, with the best in customer service.  She always goes above and beyond to make sure that the client is not just satisfied, but is happy with the service they are provided.  Cheryl willingly accepts any project requested of her, but more importantly, volunteers to do so before she is even asked.  Without her help, we wouldn’t be as successful as we are.

One of the things that makes Cheryl shine is the relationship that she has developed with everyone on her team.  She takes a lot of time to get to know each person and remembers to always ask about their families. Most people feel very at ease with Cheryl and can come to her with any issues that they have, whether it be work related or personal.  Cheryl does not ever hesitate to jump on a call with a client, she is willing to assist with addressing an issue or will work on a solution to make the process easier for everyone.  When a solution is needed, Cheryl will stick with it until there is a resolution.  She is not shy and is a champion for what is the right thing to do.

In addition to the above, Cheryl has a great sense of humor and quite possibly a heart as big as Aaron’s.  While she has had and continues to endure a number of personal challenges in her life, she always makes time to do for others, often sacrificing her own self.  She is a strong woman and can both follow and lead.  Cheryl comes from the same cloth as Aaron and is as hardworking and kind to others as he was.

We at CCC are fortunate to count Cheryl as not just a coworker, but as a friend.  Thank you, Cheryl, for all you do!


Unemployment Tax Update:

2018 Unemployment Tax Rates

2018Every year the bulk of unemployment tax rate notices begins with a flurry in late November. The storm does not let up until mid – late January. For 2018, we only have eight more states who will issue. New York and Massachusetts are usually the last two states to send out tax rates. Both states usually provide their rates to employers on-line a few weeks before issuance of the paper form. Only sixteen states increased their taxable wage base this year with seven states lowering their taxable wage base. The taxable wage base for all other states remained the same. A few states have increased their rate charts this year while the majority either stayed the same or decreased.

Why are the states needing less contributions from employers? The standards for the trust fund balances have increased from prior years as the Average High Cost Multiple (AHCM) requirements increase. The level of most trust fund balances have begun to recover to acceptable levels even with the increased expectations from the U.S. DOL. More individuals are working which increases the revenue coming into the state agencies. The number of eligible claimants collecting benefits has lowered over the past two years. This has allowed the unemployment trust funds to improve.

Are the states solvent? During the Great Recession, over thirty states became insolvent and needed to borrow from the federal government in order to pay claimants benefits. According to the report issued by the U. S. DOL last February, only about half the nation was considered solvent based on the new AHCM requirements. In February 2018, a new report will be issued by the U.S. DOL and from the numbers we see released by the state agencies, it appears more states have met the new requirements.

California and Virgin Island still owes money under the Title XII loan provision. California expects to repay theirs before the November 10, 2018 deadline. If claims increase in California as a result of a downturned economy, the repayment may not be feasible. Virgin Islands has no idea when they will repay their Title XII Loans. Keep in mind that if a state requests an advance under the Title XII provision, they have two years (counting from the first January 1st) to repay the loan without interest.

Please be sure to forward any unemployment tax rate notices that you receive directly to your tax analyst. Each rate notice contains a protest deadline and about half of the states allow a voluntary contribution that could decrease an employer’s rate. Both the protest and voluntary contribution option have strict deadlines and can cost an employer unnecessary tax dollars. Every year, the tax department of Corporate Cost Control prepares a Tax Annual Report that provides a rate comparison, an analysis of the increase/decrease of the tax rate for each state and supplies a report that assigns a value to the unemployment claims from a tax perspective.

January 1, is always a popular date for employers to reorganize or merge their accounts. If this has occurred with your organization, please let us know. The state agencies always need to be informed if any type of change occurs. Most transactions involving common ownership are mandatory and the January 1 effective date can cause the rates to change effective immediately. Corporate Cost Control provides a comprehensive service that notifies the state unemployment agencies of transactions of this nature. We can also handle future acquisitions that occur and evaluate the actions that needs taken with each agency. State and Local withholding is provided upon request. If you have any type of transaction that occurred recently or expect to close this year, please contact your tax analyst and they will provide some direction.

If you have any questions, please contact our Tax Director, Norma Green at  800 207 6926, Ext 418 or ngreen@corporatecostcontrol.com .


Guideline

Register for CCC 2018 Training Sessions

CCC has released it’s 2018 schedule. For all of you that attended our prior sessions, the topics are all brand new.

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CCC UI University – These sessions are still being held every 6 weeks ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the topic. Our presenters change each session providing all of CCC’s expert unemployment team an opportunity to share their knowledge.

CCC’s Tax Department – We are providing for in depth tax sessions to focus on topics requested by CCC clients during 2017.

Join us for one or all!  Register here

 

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