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CCC is Attending the 2018 National UI Issues Conference

At Corporate Cost Control it is our commitment to provide our clients the latest information regarding unemployment compensation. That is why each year CCC sends a delegation to attend the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation annual National UI Conference.  The 2018 conference will take place on June 27-29th at the Sheraton Austin in Austin, Texas.

This unique conference brings together employers, employers’ agents, state workforce agencies, researchers and state and federal officials together to discuss various topics regarding unemployment insurance.  While the United States is experience a record low unemployment rate of 3.9%, it is vital to stay up-to-date with the issues and policies to protect employers when the next recession occurs.  The conference offers attendees the ability to attend workshop sessions that will cover a variety of topics and provides best practices in UI claims management, UI appeals, cost management and integrity best practices.

According to the conference agenda, the conference sessions include these interesting topics:

  • U.S. Economy and the Labor Market: Longer-term Perspectives and Near-Term OutlookRecent economic growth
  • National Unemployment Insurance Program Update
  • National Unemployment Insurance Legislative Update
  • Competing Visions of the Future of Unemployment Insurance
  • Paid Family Leave and UI Eligibility
  • What is the Drug Testing Law? How does pre-and post-employment drug testing work? Who does it? How is it done? How can it work in UI administration
  • How to Improve State UI Trust Fund Solvency Before the Next Recession
  • UI Automated System Developments and Impacts on Employers
  • Roundtable Discussion of Individual State UI Law and Policy Issues
  • Review of FUTA and SUTA Tax Status and Projections
  • The Debate about Expanded Quarterly Wage Reports to Include Occupation Information
  • Integrity Best Practices, Benefit Overpayment Recovery and Collection
  • Reemployment Eligibility Assessments and Reemployment Services – Innovations
  • Unemployment Compensation in the Broader Employment Law Context

If you are able to attend, the conference is a valuable experience and CCC would love to see you there! The conference agenda offers sessions for both those who are new Unemployment Insurance and those who are already experts. While CCC has over 300 years of experience in managing unemployment cost control, the value of this conference for our staff and our clients is unparalleled.

You can get additional details and register here.

Let us know you are attending by contacting our Communications Director, Pamela Kiel at 800.207.6926 ext. 220  or pkiel@corporatecostcontrol.com.


Unemployment Tax Update

Tax Rates 2019

It is difficult to imagine but soon employers will receive unemployment tax rates for the upcoming year.  Each year, the unemployment agencies calculate tax rates based on employers’ prior experience.  Experience is made up of multiple factors; taxable payroll, taxes paid, payments out for claims lost and reserve balance, to name a few.  While most states mail tax rates starting in November of any given year, a handful of states do so on a different time frame.

Fiscal Year States 

The states of New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont mail tax rates in the middle of a calendar year and are effective from July 1 through June 30.  We refer to these as being Fiscal Year states, meaning their tax rates are in effect during what is typically called a fiscal year as opposed to a calendar year, which is the period all other states use.  Of these four states, only New Jersey offers employers the option to buy down rates for the upcoming year so it is imperative all tax notices received be sent to your Tax Analyst for review and verification.  There are very strict deadlines for protesting or in the case of New Jersey, making the voluntary contribution so once past, the opportunity is missed.  Your CCC Tax Analyst is skilled in the verification of tax rates on your behalf and will make certain you are made aware of all possible tax reductions.  

 Tax rate Estimates 

Many employers will be ramping up for 2019 budget meetings over the next several months.  While there will be many line items in their budget, unemployment tax should also be in the mix.  Unemployment tax is one payroll tax that can be controlled through proper administration of claims as well as holding a tight rein on staffing.  Having early insight into what next year’s tax rates will be can assist employers in making the necessary changes to their policies governing employee performance which could have an impact on future tax rates.   

Making the adjustments pre-emptively can ensure later success in rate reductions.  Your CCC Tax Analyst can review your accounts and calculate what your 2019 tax rates will be so that you can accurately budget for unemployment taxes.  What better time than the present to have this conversation with your Tax Analyst so if additional data is needed, it can be acquired and the calculations completed before the budget time crunch.   

 California Pays its Title XII Loan 

As previously reported on our “This Just In” column, in May, California paid off its Title XII Loan for the first time in many years.  If the state retains its zero balance until November 10, 2018, the state’s employers should see a return to the minimum Federal Unemployment Insurance Act or FUTA rate of 0.60%.  At this time, estimates indicate California will be successful in this endeavor so employers should see their FUTA taxes return to the minimum allowed for the calendar year.  Currently, no other states have a Title XII loan.  

If you have questions, please contact our Tax Director, Wayne Rottger at 800-207-6926  extension 418 or by email at wrottger@corporatecostcontrol.com.         


Guideline

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

 

Happy Hurricane/Wildfire Season!  

As we all know, the hot summer months are notorious for manifesting outlandish weather, outside of your control as an employer. Every year, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) partners with USDOL and FEMA to provide funds to state UI agencies for the payment of UI benefits under these circumstances. To specify, DUA is only available in the case that there is a presidential declaration of a disaster. These benefits only apply to individuals who have lost employment as the result of a major disaster and are NOT otherwise eligible for regular UI benefits. 

 Individuals are eligible if they lived, worked, or were scheduled to work in the affected areas and: 

Please note, DUA benefits are only payable during the Disaster Assistance Period (DAP) and shall not exceed 26 weeks. The weekly benefit amount for which the person may be eligible is determined by the governing laws in the state in which the claim was filed. Any benefits claimed under the DUA program are 100% federally funded which means employers’ UI accounts will not be charged. Please be sure to check in with CCC for updates on filing deadlines and allotted benefit amounts.  

CCC keeps our clients informed of disaster declarations and the details about how to file for each occurrence.  You can locate these emergency bulletins on the recent bulletins page on our website.

If you have questions, please contact your CCC Account Executive or Claims Analyst.  Not a client? Contact CCC at 800.207.6926 or via email at contact@corporatecostcontrol.com.

 

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