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Colorado: The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced the state’s lowest unemployment rate since 1976 in October of 2.6%.

Idaho: Idaho’s unemployment tax rates are set to increase in 2020, the state Labor Department said Nov. 19 on its website.

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, unemployment tax rates for experienced employers are to range from 0.255% to 0.849% for positive-rated employers and from 1.527% to 5.4% for negative-rated employers. This increases from the 2019 tax rates which range from 0.251% to 0.836% for positive-rated employers and from 1.505% to 5.4% for negative-rated employers.

The 2020 tax rates for experienced employers not assessed the maximum rate are to include a workforce development training-fund surtax that ranges from 0.00765% to 0.07128%.

Illinois: Illinois’ unemployment rate was 3.9% in September for the first time in decades.

Iowa: After three months at 2.5%, Iowa’s unemployment rate increased by 1/10 of a percentage point, to 2.6%, in October according to the Iowa Workforce Development.

Kentucky: Kentucky’s unemployment-taxable wage base will increase $10,800 in 2020, up from $10,500 in 2019, effective January 1, 2020.

Maine: Maine’s unemployment rate is approaching four years of remaining at very low levels. The Maine Department of Labor announced the unemployment rate for October was 2.8%. That was a decrease from 2.9% in August and September

Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has increased the Unemployment Weekly Benefit amount maximum to $850 effective October 1, 2019.

Missouri: Missouri’s unemployment-taxable wage base is set to increase to $11,500 in 2020, down from $12,000 in 2019.

New Jersey: The New Jersey Department of Labor assessed ride-hailing giant Uber $650 million last week in unpaid unemployment taxes and penalties. As CCC reported in July, the Department of Labor created a task force in 2018 to focus on Worker Misclassification. Per the Department of Labor, New Jersey applies the “ABC test” when analyzing potential employee misclassification. To demonstrate the worker is an independent contractor, an employer must show that, in the performance of a service to the employer:

A. The individual has been and will continue to be free from control or direction;
B. The service is either outside the employer’s usual course of business of the employer or that such service is performed outside of all the employer’s places of business; and
C. The individual is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, profession or business.

Importantly, this test is conjunctive, meaning that the New Jersey Department of Labor will deem the worker an employee unless all three elements are met.

North Carolina: North Carolina’s unemployment-taxable wage base is to be $25,200 for 2020, up from $24,300 in 2019.

Ohio: Ohio’s unemployment tax rates  set to increase in 2020,  according to the state Department of Job and Family Services. Unemployment tax rates for experienced employers are to range from 0.3% to 6.8% for positive-rated employers and from 7% to 9.4% for negative-rated employers, the department said on its website. Ohio’s unemployment tax rate for delinquent experienced employers for 2020 is to be 11.8%, up from 11.5% for 2019.

 

Oregon:  Oregon will increase the 2020 unemployment-taxable wage base is to  $42,100, up from $40,600 for 2019, the state Employment Department said Nov. 15 on its website. Unemployment tax rates for employers subject to Oregon payroll tax will move to tax schedule two for the 2020 calendar year. Tax schedule two includes an average rate of 1.73% for the first $42,100 paid to each employee.

Pennsylvania: The Department of Labor & Industry announced that effective Jan. 1, 2020, total tax rates for experienced employers are to range from 1.2905% to 9.933% and are to include a 0.75% state adjustment factor, a 5.4% solvency surcharge, and a 0.5% additional contributions tax. This is a decline from the 2019 tax rates which range from 2.3905% to 11.0333%.

South Carolina: The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has announced a major South Carolina unemployment tax cut for South Carolina employers. This tax cut will go into effect shortly beginning January 1, 2020. SCDEW estimates that South Carolina employers will pay an average of 34% less in state unemployment taxes now. The special and added tax, the SCDEW “insolvency surcharge” has been eliminated.

If you have questions regarding any of the workforce solutions, CCC provides, please contact us at 800.207.6926 or contact@corporatecostcontrol.com.


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