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  • IDAHO UI LAW CHANGES, TAX RATES REDUCED FOR MANY EMPLOYERS

    February 20, 2018
    House Bill 355 was signed into law on January 1, 2018 by Governor Butch Otter, reducing the UI tax rates by 30 percent over a three year period. HB 355 retroactively decreases UI tax rates for 2018 from the initial calculation sent to employers earlier this year to provide immediate tax relief. This legislation decreases the ... Read More
  • ALASKA: ELIMINATION OF MINIMUM WAGE EXEMPTION

    February 19, 2018
    Alaska’s Department of Labor & Workforce Development has announced the elimination of subminimum wages for employees with disabilities. Paying the disabled under minimum wage has been permitted in the state of Alaska since 1978, but as of last Friday, it is no longer allowed. The state follows New Hampshire and Maryland’s lead in eliminating this ... Read More
  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    February 15, 2018
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending February 10, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 230,000 4 week moving average: 228,500 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,942,000 4-week moving average: 1,941,250 Number of unadjusted claims: 240,636 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.6% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,317,271 The full ... Read More
  • PENNSYLVANIA: VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION FROM STAFFING COMPANIES

    February 9, 2018
    A recent case in the state of Pennsylvania is a reminder that temp workers must maintain contact with their staffing agencies for new assignments as soon as their current ones come to an end. Each state has its own rules, but several require that an employee working for a staffing agency must notify that company ... Read More
  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    February 8, 2018
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending February 3, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 221,000 4 week moving average: 224,500 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,953,000 4-week moving average: 1,923,000 Number of unadjusted claims: 240,636 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.6% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,305,941 The full ... Read More
  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    February 2, 2018
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending January 27, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 230,000 4 week moving average: 234,500 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,953,000 4-week moving average: 1,932,750 Number of unadjusted claims: 267,674 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.7% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,373,175 The full ... Read More
  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    January 25, 2018
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending January 20, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 233,000 4 week moving average: 240,000 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,937,000 4-week moving average: 1,921,000 Number of unadjusted claims: 262,301 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.6% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,283,895 The full ... Read More
  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    January 18, 2018
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending January 13, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 222,000 4 week moving average: 244,500 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,952,000 4-week moving average: 1,921,000 Number of unadjusted claims: 360,020 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.7% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,400,581 The full ... Read More
  • TEXAS: HURRICANE HARVEY BENEFITS TO END IN FEBRUARY

    January 17, 2018
    The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has issued a reminder that Hurricane Harvey Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) will be ending next month. The week ending February 24, 2018 is the last payable week for those that have been receiving benefits. The TWC encourages those seeking work to utilize the various resources in their state by visiting the ... Read More
  • DRUG TESTING: PROPOSED RULE TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

    January 9, 2018
    The previous administration’s rule limiting states’ power to drug test applicants for unemployment benefits, has been repealed through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The rule (a byproduct of the 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act), only allowed drug testing in occupations that already had the requirement in place (such as airplane pilots, ... Read More