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Unemployment Insurance News – August 3, 2022

NEVADA – Taxable Wage Base Set to Increase in 2023

  • Beginning January 1, 2023, the taxable wage base in Nevada will increase to $40,100. This is an increase of $3,500 over the 2022 taxable wage base of $36,600.

NEW JERSEY – Rate Table Increase Set for 2022/2023 Tax Year

  • As of July 1, 2022, the rate table used for computing the fiscal year 2023 tax rates is set to increase from table C to table D.
  • Rates will range from 0.60% to 4.00% for positive balance employers (up from 0.50% to 3.60%).  For employers with a negative balance, the rates will range from 5.60% to 6.40% (up from 5.10% to 5.80%). The new employer rate will be set at 3.10% – up from 2.80%.
  • The actual tax rate notices have not yet been issued by the state. As soon as rates are issued, Thomas & Company will verify them and any potential voluntary contribution options and alert you of any changes or savings opportunities.

TEXAS – Notice of Chargeback Review

  • In mid-August, Texas Workforce Commission will begin issuing Notice of Chargeback Review (NOCR) forms. These NOCR forms will be sent to Thomas & Company for employers who were base period employers for COVID-19 related claims issued between March 2, 2020, and December 31, 2020. At the time these claims were issued, there was an understanding that there would be no charge to the employer due to COVID and thus a response was not required.
  • As an employer, you should not see an influx of activity from Thomas & Company provided that we have the separation information needed to complete the response. The state is looking for the reason for separation and the last day of work to complete the form so they can consider relief of charges. If you receive an NOCR form directly, please forward the document(s) to [email protected] so that Thomas & Company can handle on your behalf.

WASHINGTON – Hearings Backlog

  • Due to the unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims filed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Office of Administrative Hearings had a backlog of 40,947 pending appeals as of December 31, 2021. This backlog has led to an average wait time of 167.3 days for appeals closed during December of 2021, compared to an average wait time of 31.58 days during December of 2019. To address this backlog, the state will start conducting “brief adjudication proceedings” that will eliminate 30-60 minutes per case. As an employer, you should not be impacted by this change as these hearings will only be used for claimant appeals where there is no employer as an interested party.
Michele Heckmann

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