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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

Texas: DUA Update from The TWC

August 6, 2018 - Recent severe storms and flooding in the state of Texas (June 19th – July 13th of this year) resulted the declaration of a major disaster under (FEMA 4377-DR) on July 6th. Over 3,470 applications for unemployment insurance benefits have been approved for those having lost jobs or the ability to work due to the storms. … Read More

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for W/E JULY 28, 2018

August 6, 2018 - The Unemployment  Insurance  Weekly  Claims  report  for  the  week  ending  July  28, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 218,000 4 week moving average: 214,500 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,724,000 4-week moving average: 1,741,750 Number of unadjusted claims: 179,538 Unadjusted insured unemployment … Read More

Maine: Vetoed UI Bills

August 6, 2018 - Two pieces of legislation regarding unemployment insurance benefits have been proposed in Maine with less than approving responses from their governor. The exemption under L.D. 700, “An Act to Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs”, is currently available in several states under specific circumstances. Legislators created this bill with the intent of … Read More

New York: UI Benefits for Uber Drivers

August 6, 2018 - Ride-sharing company Uber lost its legal battle last year when the New York Department of Labor ruled all drivers to now be defined as “employees” as opposed to “contract workers”. The company just got dealt another blow with the recent ruling by the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, stating that New York Uber employees can now … Read More

Pre-Acquisition Planning for State Unemployment Taxes

August 2, 2018 - While state unemployment insurance (”SUI”) taxes rarely drive a company’s decision relating to the structure of a merger, acquisition, internal workforce reorganization/restructuring, or divestiture (“M&A”) transaction, pre‐acquisition planning can help shape the timing and final organizational structure that can result in significant tax cost savings. An acquiring employer has the responsibility, perhaps obligation, to request … Read More

Vermont Unemployment Taxable Wage Base to Decrease in 2019

July 31, 2018 - The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment taxable wage base is set to decrease from $17,600 in 2018 to $15,600 in 2019. The change to the taxable wage base takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. As always, if there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for W/E July 21, 2018

July 31, 2018 - The Unemployment  Insurance  Weekly  Claims  report  for  the  week  ending  July  21, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 217,000 4 week moving average: 218,000 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,745,750 Number of unadjusted claims: 201,257 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2% Unadjusted number … Read More

Join Thomas & Company at the Tennessee Statewide Payroll Conference

July 26, 2018 - Thomas & Company is honored to be the Diamond Sponsor and Website Sponsor of the Tennessee Statewide Payroll Conference. This year’s conference will be held on August 8-10, 2018 at The Embassy Suites & Conference Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Are you a current Thomas & Company client? Let us know you are coming and check … Read More