Unemployment Benefits

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Tennessee Unemployment Reform: Still a Boon for Business

Nearly two years ago, on May 9, 2012, Tennessee's Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act (the Act) was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. Before 2012, claimants who were terminated for "misconduct" were disqualified...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Severance Ruling Impacts Future Unemployment Benefits

The decision in Quality Stores not only kills FICA tax refunds for millions of unemployed workers, but it also requires proactive employer actions to maximize future employer and state unemployment benefit payments to...more

Changes to Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law May Require Employers to Provide Response to Unemployment Information...

Some changes in Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law (the "UC Law") have sparked debate as to how the changes may impact employers....more

IRS Wins One At Supreme Court: Severance Pay Is Subject To FICA Tax

I blogged about the Quality Stores decision which at the district court and court of appeals levels held that certain severance payments were not subject to FICA (Social Security) taxes. The IRS had challenged the employer in...more

New Jersey Legislators To Withhold Payment From State Vendors That Owe Unemployment Contributions

On February 27, 2014, the chair of the state Senate Labor Committee proposed a bill that would withhold payments by the state to vendors that are delinquent in their unemployment insurance contributions....more

Governor Signs Law Providing New Jersey Employee Leasing Companies With Choice For Unemployment Insurance Taxes

In the January 2014 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, we reported that the Senate had introduced a bill (S3087) that would permit employee leasing companies to have their unemployment insurance taxes determined on the basis...more

Governor Signs Law Modifying New Jersey “Shared Work Programs”

On January 22, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill (S2741) that modifies short-time unemployment benefits as they relate to employees in shared work programs. “Shared work programs” refer to programs...more

Maximum Weekly Benefits For New Jersey Unemployment, Temporary Disability And Family Leave Insurance, And Workers’ Compensation...

Effective January 1, 2014, the maximum weekly benefit for individuals eligible to collect unemployment insurance increased from $624 to $636; the maximum weekly benefit for state plan temporary disability and family leave...more

Public Sector Outsourcing: Events and Lessons from 2013

2013 was not a stellar year for public sector outsourcing. As we reported in an earlier blog article, Indiana is appealing judgment in an ongoing court battle with IBM over a troubled welfare claims processing project....more

Neues zur Arbeitsbescheinigung

Bisher musste der Arbeitgeber bei jeder Beendigung des Arbeitsverhältnisses eine Arbeitsbescheinigung ausstellen, die alle notwendigen Angaben für die Gewährung von Arbeitslosengeld enthielt. Tatsächlich beantragt aber weit...more

Bill Would Provide New Jersey Employee Leasing Companies With Choice For Unemployment Insurance Taxes

On December 5, 2013, the Senate introduced a bill (S3087) that would permit employee leasing companies to have their unemployment insurance taxes determined on the basis of their client company’s experience rating. Under...more

Georgia May Give Employers Three Strikes for Failing to Respond to Unemployment Claim Notices But Other States are Not as Lenient

Due to the recession, unemployment insurance (UI) claims significantly increased. UI claims weren’t the only thing to increase, however. The percentage of estimated UI benefit overpayment also increased. In light of these and...more

Massachusetts Federal District Court Decision Reminds Employers Yet Again That They Should Not Trifle With the Independent...

Not gonna happen. That’s what the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts basically concluded about independent contractor arrangements in Massachusetts....more

The New N.C. Standard for Employer Responses to Unemployment Benefits Claims

What North Carolina Law Says - Employers have often ignored a separation notice from the Employment Security Commission and not provided any details as to reason for separation because it was not being contested or it...more

Recent Changes To New York Unemployment Insurance

As we ring in the New Year, New York State employers should be mindful of significant changes to the New York State Unemployment Insurance Law. As a result of the economic downturn, the New York State Unemployment Insurance...more

New York Employers Beware: Do Not Delay In Returning Unemployment Insurance Forms!

New York employers recently received a letter from Carlton N. Boom, director, Unemployment Insurance Division, New York State Department of Labor, announcing changes in the unemployment insurance law. According to the letter,...more

New Financial Liabilities for Employers Under the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act Now in Effect

Originally passed in 2011 as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 ("TAAEA"), the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act ("Act") went into effect across the nation on October 21, 2013. The Act mandates...more

New Tax Law—Think Twice Before Agreeing Not to Contest UI Claim

Under amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act of 2011 that took effect in late October, employers must now timely and adequately respond to a state unemployment agency’s information request about an employee’s...more

‘Tis The Season for Massachusetts’ Temporary Employees

The holiday shopping season is known for its long lines, steep sales and mall traffic jams, but it also prompts retailers and other businesses to hire a wave of temporary, seasonal employees to increase staffing levels during...more

New Jersey Clarifies New Hire Reporting Obligations

New Jersey employers traditionally must provide certain information about new hires (name, address, date of birth, and social security number) and the company (name, address, and federal tax ID) to the State Department of...more

New Law Punishes New Jersey Employers That Fail To Timely Or Adequately Respond To Unemployment Agency Requests For Information

Traditionally, New Jersey employers have been free to challenge erroneous unemployment benefit charges even if the error was a result of the employer’s untimely or inaccurate response to the Department of Labor’s request for...more

How The New "SharedWork Ohio" Law Will Affect Employers

This summer, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law "SharedWork Ohio," an initiative designed to help workers and employers alike by preventing layoffs. The "SharedWork Ohio" program gives Ohio employers new flexibility to...more

Calling Your Boss A Clown: No Laughing Matter

A Pennsylvania man lost his job in September 2012 and is now without unemployment compensation. Why? He called his boss a "clown."...more

Federal Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act Creates Tough New Standards for Employers Responding to State Unemployment Insurance...

In 2011, Congress passed the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act (Act) as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA). While the TAAEA was primarily concerned with extending retraining assistance...more

Did You Know? ¿Sabía Usted? Employers Are Required to Post Some Labor Law Posters in Different Languages

Florida law requires employers to post certain state labor law posters in languages other than English. Employers must prominently display a poster notifying employees of the state minimum wage in both English and Spanish....more

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