Month: August 2018

Pennsylvania Unemployment Tax Rates Hold Steady for 2019

August 29, 2018 - In a phone call today, sources from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry indicated that unemployment tax rates for 2019 will remain “generally unchanged.” Effective for 2019, unchanged from 2018, total tax rates for experience-rated employers will range from 2.3905% to 11.0333% and will include a 5.40% solvency surcharge adjustment, a 0.50% additional contributions … Read More

Payroll Tax Savings Opportunities

August 28, 2018 - After the Great Recession of 2008, many corporations have consistently gone through Merger & Acquisition (“M&A”) activity. The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (“imaa”) recently released a study reflecting a significant increase in this type of activity and below is a graph reflecting their findings: There are various business reasons why corporations acquire or … Read More

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for the W/E August 18, 2018

August 28, 2018 - The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending August 18, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 210,000 4 week moving average: 213,750 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,727,000 4-week moving average: 1,735,500 Number of unadjusted claims: 172,932 Unadjusted insured unemployment … Read More

North Carolina Announces UI Modernization

August 27, 2018 - On September 28, 2018, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security (DES) will change how you interact with the agency.  In order to provide better service, they are modernizing their unemployment insurance benefits system and how unemployment claims are handled within the Division. This transition to a new electronic system will eliminate … Read More

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report For the W/E August 11, 2018

August 21, 2018 - The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending August 11, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 212,000 4 week moving average: 215,500 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,721,000 4-week moving average: 1,738,500 Number of unadjusted claims: 179,870 Unadjusted insured unemployment … Read More

The Changing Landscape of Employment Security

August 21, 2018 - We recently came across an interesting article discussing the changes within  the employment‐based security system in America. The technological advancements that have swept this nation since the industrial revolution have had a multi‐faceted impact on several job markets, particularly in the Rust Belt. One could say that Midwestern workers really own the history of the … Read More

MAINE: An Update on LD 700

August 21, 2018 - Legislative Document 700, “An Act to Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs”, was intended to assist Maine employers by keeping their trained employees available (not requiring them to look for new jobs) while on a temporary layoff. We discussed in a bulletin earlier this month, Governor LePage’s veto of the bill. We … Read More

New Jersey Unemployment & Temporary Disability Taxable Wage Bases to Increase in 2019

August 21, 2018 - Effective Jan. 1, 2019, New Jersey’s unemployment taxable wage base will increase to $34,400, up from $33,700 for 2018. New Jersey’s temporary disability insurance wage base is also set to increase to $34,400 for 2019. In addition to being used for computing temporary disability insurance tax, New Jersey’s temporary disability insurance wage base is used … Read More

Uber Drivers are Deemed Employees for Unemployment Purposes

August 15, 2018 - The New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board has ruled that three New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) members and former Uber drivers, as well as those who are similarly situated, are employees of the company for the purposes of unemployment insurance. This decision came after the Appeals Board rejected Uber Technologies’ last-minute bid to … Read More

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for the W/E August 4, 2018

August 14, 2018 - The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending August 4, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 213,000 4 week moving average: 214,250 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,755,000 4-week moving average: 1,745,250 Number of unadjusted claims: 184,666 Unadjusted insured unemployment … Read More