Category: Regional

Iowa: DUA

April 8, 2019 - The following counties have just become eligible for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) in the state of Iowa as a result of the recent storms and subsequent flooding: Freemont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Woodbury.  Workers whose employment was impacted by these storms may be able to access unemployment benefits. Up to 27 weeks of assistance will … Read More

Arkansas: Unemployment Wage Base Update

April 2, 2019 - The current 2019 wage base in the state of Arkansas is $10,000. This number was determined by a provision in 2018 which set the wage base at a constant amount. However, a new bill (S.B. 298), signed this month by the governor could change the state’s unemployment wage base process for 2020.  Specifically, the state’s unemployment … Read More

South Dakota: Unemployment Tax Rate Update

April 2, 2019 - Earlier this month, Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota signed H.B. 1034, which could decrease some employers’ tax rates as early as next year. Schedule B tax rates are lowered 0.05 percent under this law bringing the positive-rated employers’ range from 0 to 0.8 and the negative-rated employers’ range from 1.3 to 9.3 percent. These … Read More

Alabama: Extended Tax Deadlines

March 20, 2019 - Due to the recent severe storms, the Alabama state revenue department has announced a revised deadline for state taxes.  The new deadline has been pushed back to July 31. An executive order states the same extended deadline applies to federal taxes as well. It is important to note that you are taking advantage of this … Read More

NEBRASKA: FLOODING IMPACT

March 20, 2019 - The recent flooding in the state of Nebraska has led to an increase in unemployment insurance claim filings. There are a few important things to note.  Third party claims administrators (TPA’s) need to be mindful of reporting work separations through the Unemployment Insurance State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) in a consistent way to avoid … Read More

Alaska: DUA Available

February 19, 2019 - Alaskans unable to work as a direct result of the November earthquake may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Benefits. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has issued the following  requirements for eligibility: Have exhausted entitlement to regular unemployment insurance benefits. Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in … Read More

New Jersey: Minimum Wage Bill

February 4, 2019 - Legislators have just passed a minimum wage bill in the state of New Jersey that would raise the hourly minimum wage from $8.85 to $10.  This would become effective on the first of July and apply to most workers in the state.  The wage will continue to rise incrementally until reaching $15 in 2024.  Tipped employees will see  … Read More

Maryland: UI Benefits During Shutdown

February 4, 2019 - Lawmakers in Maryland are working on legislation to protect their federal workers during potential future shutdowns like the one that just occurred.  Del. Jessica Feldmark, plans to file a bill on Monday that would give essential employees access to UI benefits when working without pay.  The state of Maryland is striving to join California, Colorado, and Vermont in treating these … Read More

Changes In Unemployment Wage Bases For 2019

January 23, 2019 - Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are states that are seeing a wage base increase this year. Missouri and Vermont are the only states with a decrease. Some states’ wage base adjustment depends on … Read More

Changes In Electronic Filing

January 23, 2019 - Employers in the state of Montana (including 3rd party agents which report on behalf of these employers) that employ at least 20 people are now required to file their quarterly unemployment wage reports electronically. This can be done through the state’s online unemployment tax compliance portal. North Carolina also must now file electronically.  Last year … Read More