Hi everyone! I’m Stephanie Leptich and this is my first blog! As a Regional Manager, I enjoy answering questions from our clients and solving issues.  At the beginning of every quarter one of the questions I receive is from employers reviewing their quarterly charge or liability statements and reports. They frequently want to know why someone who separated from them a year or more ago is showing on one of these forms. 

Explaining a Base Period to them, is one of my most frequent conversations. So I thought I’d share it with you. 

When a claimant files for unemployment benefits, the state looks at the wages and hours reported by the employers during a one‐year work period. You might think that this is the most recent one-year period, but you’d be wrong. The state instead uses a Base Period, which is the first four of the five most recently completed calendar quarters before the claim has been filed. The period does not include the quarter in which the employee is filing or quarter that has just finished. The employers who have paid wages within this period could be liable for unemployment benefits.   

The state will send all employers within the claimant’s base period an unemployment claim as you are considered a Party of Interest or Base Period Employer.  For tax paying employers, most states have provisions allowing them to request not to be responsible for charges if the separation is not attributable to the employer. Unfortunately, most states do not allow a non-profit employer to make this type of request. (That’s another subject entirely!) 

Why don’t they use the most recent completed quarter? Is the next question.  It is important to remember that employers report the wages and hours to state unemployment agencies quarterly.  If a quarter has not completed or has recently completed, many times the state has not received the data regarding the claimant’s wages and hours to use that information on a newly filed claim. 

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At CCC we know how frustrating it is to see a claim or charge for someone who has been gone for quite a long time.  We take care of making sure that your charges are only those that should be applied to your account by responding to your Base Period/Liability claims timely with complete information and auditing all those charge statements to ensure that we protest any charges that should not have been applied to your account. 

While I answer this question a lot, I enjoy speaking to all of you and look forward to the calls I will get again at the beginning of next quarter! 


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