Category: Regional

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

FUTA Updates

January 23, 2019 - Employers in the U.S. Virgin Islands paid a higher than standard federal unemployment tax rate due to the FUTA credit reduction for 2018. If they  continue to have a federal unemployment loan balance by November 10th that does not qualify for credit reduction avoidance, employers would be affected by a credit reduction this year as … Read More

Missouri: Minimum Wage Increase

January 23, 2019 - Effective January 1, 2019, the established minimum wage rate in the state of Missouri will be $8.60. This law applies to all private businesses, with the exception of retail/service companies with annual gross sales under $500,000. Each year, this rate will increase by 85 cents until the year 2023. The state’s minimum wage may not … Read More

Pennsylvania: Shared‐Work Unemployment Compensation Program

January 8, 2019 - Small companies with seasonal workflows, such as winter heating oil sellers, often struggle with the annual hiring and layoff cycle.  Employees in the state of Pennsylvania have an alternative to such employee layoffs called the Shared-Work Program.  This allows an employer to temporarily reduce staff hours while the employee is simultaneously compensated a percentage of … Read More

Missouri: Minimum Wage Rate

November 29, 2018 - Effective January 1, 2019, the established minimum wage rate in the state of Missouri will be $8.60. This law applies to all private businesses, with the exception of retail/service companies with annual gross sales under $500,000. Each year, this rate will increase by 85 cents until the year 2023. The state’s minimum wage may not … Read More

California: DUA For Recent Fires

November 26, 2018 - As disastrous fires continue to burn in various parts of California, we are keeping an eye on announcements from the California Employment Development Department regarding available benefits for those affected. As of the time of this post, Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for the following counties: Butte County (Camp Fire): For losses beginning the week … Read More