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March 23, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

United States:

Unemployment: On Mar 15, the U.S. Labor Department data revealed that weekly jobless claims decreased 4,000 to 226,000 for the week ended Mar 10. This was the 158th consecutive week that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits remained below the 300,000 threshold. The continued decline in weekly jobless claims data reflects longest trend since 1970.

I-9: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last Thursdaythat, due to system enhancements, E-Verify will be unavailable this weekend, from midnight EDT Friday, March 23, until 8 a.m. EDT Monday, March 26. During this period of unavailability, employers will not be able to access their E-Verify accounts to perform any customary functions, including creating a new E-Verify case or being able to resolve E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmations with the Department of Homeland Security or the Social Security Administration.

The unavailability of E-Verify and the temporary policies implemented to deal with that in no way change the employer requirements regarding the completion of Form I-9 during this period. New hires must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 no earlier than when the employee accepts an offer of employment and no later than the time the employee starts work for pay, rather than by the end of the first day of employment. Employers must complete Section 2 of the I-9 no later than three business days after employment begins and must otherwise comply with all I-9 requirements.

Arizona: Under current law, someone collecting unemployment benefits must accept “suitable’’ work. But the Department of Economic Security is required to consider various factors, including the “risk involved to the individual’s health, safety and morals.’’ The state unemployment agency also considers, physical fitness for the work, experience, prior earnings and how long the person has been unemployed. DES also has to figure in the prospects of the person being able to secure local work in the individual’s customary occupation as well as the distance to the new job.

A bill by a Pinal County lawmaker would force people getting unemployment insurance checks back to work by changing the law about what jobs they have to take — or forgo the payments. Under SB 1398, however, all that would become legally irrelevant after someone has been collecting benefits for four weeks. At that point the person would have to take a job — any job — where the employer is offering to pay someone at least 20 percent more than they are collecting in benefits.  CCC will continue to monitor the bill and provide updates.

Kentucky: The unemployment rate for the state was 4.3% for January 2018, and 4.1% for the nation.

Michigan: Michigan’s unemployment rate edged upward to 4.8% in February. Michigan’s jobless rate last month rose from 4.7% in January.

Nevada: Nevada jobless claims hit a 12-year low in February.

New York: New York released its 2018 unemployment tax rates. The taxable wage base is $11,100.

Ohio: State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% in January but remained higher than the national rate. The state unemployment rate decreased from a revised 4.9% in December and was lower than the 5.2% rate of January 2017.

Oregon:  For 14 months in a row, Oregon’s unemployment has hovered close to 4.1%, according to the Oregon Employment Department. That’s the lowest it has been since 1976, when the government began keeping track of those figures.

South Carolina:  Employers are to use a new portal for unemployment taxes starting March 26. The new portal, State Unemployment Insurance Tax System (SUITS), will replace the South Carolina Automated Tax System, which is to no longer be available for unemployment tax and wage report filing starting March 18.

Virgin Islands: The Federal Emergency Management Agency and its partners have provided more than $1 billion to households, businesses, territorial agencies and flood insurance policyholders to help them recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria, FEMA announced Tuesday. This includes $2.7 million for disaster unemployment assistance.

Virginia: Statewide, the unemployment rate from December to January increased from 3.3% to 3.7%, while the rate for the country increased from 3.9% to 4.1%. In January 2017, the rate in Virginia was 4.4% and 5.1% nationally.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin’s unemployment rate reached 2.9 percent in February, the lowest monthly level in state history, according to the Department of Workforce Development. The rate is below the roughly 4 percent level that economists consider full employment, meaning virtually everyone who is willing and able to work is able to find a job.

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