Category: Regional

Oklahoma: DUA

June 14, 2019 - Many workers in Oklahoma who have been unable to work due to the continuing storms that began on May 7th in the state are now able to send in applications for Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC). The first step in the process is to file a state unemployment insurance claim … Read More

Alabama: Senate Bill 193

June 4, 2019 - A bill was just passed in the Alabama House of Representatives that ties the length of unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate in the state. For example, during times of a 6.5% maximum rate of unemployment within the state, the length of receiving benefits would go down to 14 weeks. With each 0.5% increase in … Read More

Hawaii: Disaster Relief

June 4, 2019 - Hawaii continues to rebuild from destruction caused by last year’s floods, Hurricane Lane, and the eruption of Kilauea. The Department of Labor released $4 million in Disaster Unemployment Insurance benefits, helping those who lost their job as a result of the disasters and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. This amount was part of the … Read More


May 15, 2019 - Some Alaskans may be eligible for a refund of UI contributions from last year.  The Department of Labor and Workforce Development in the state has listed the following qualifications for being a potential recipient of a refund: Employee that has worked for more than one employer Employee that made over $39,500 in the year 2018 … Read More

Ups & Downs: State By State Unemployment Rates

May 15, 2019 - The overall unemployment rate in the United States is at a low of 3.6%. It can be interesting to monitor the constant changes in unemployment rates between states. Let’s take a look at the ups and downs happening around the nation this month. The following states have seen an uptick in rates to the following … Read More


May 15, 2019 - An amendment to the state administrative code in Nebraska now gives employers a choice to pay unemployment taxes annually as opposed to quarterly. The change went into effect on April 10th. Employers must have a positive account balance on October 31st and are not eligible if they have any delinquent unemployment tax issues. Employers must also report hours … Read More


May 15, 2019 - Starting May 15th, claimants in Wyoming will no longer be able to access the current portal for filing unemployment tax purposes. A new electronic filing system is expected to launch on May 23rd. Employers in the state will need to use this new portal to pay unemployment taxes, file WYO-056 forms, UI/WC summary reports, WYO-078 … Read More


May 1, 2019 - UNEMPLOYMENT HEARINGS PROCEDURE IN KENTUCKY On April 26th, 2019 the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a ruling which, if upheld, could have a major impact in the way employer’s are able to approach participating in administrative unemployment hearings.  Up until this ruling an employer could have a manager or other designated party represent their interests … Read More

Indiana: Employer Self-Service System Upgrade

April 23, 2019 - The state of Indiana created an Employer Self-Service system (ESS) back in 2007 to provide employers with an online platform to access unemployment insurance information such as records on report submissions, tax  payments, and other issues. A survey taken of employers that have been using the site over the past few years has provided valuable … Read More

Missouri: File on the Go

April 23, 2019 - In an effort by the state of Missouri to continually improve government efficiency, their Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Division of Employment Security (DES) has introduced a way to file unemployment claims from  the convenience of a cell phone. The state’s online UI system called UInteract is now more accessible by becoming mobile-friendly. Allowing … Read More