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Alabama

Alabama differentiates between "simple misconduct" and "gross misconduct." If the state disqualifies the claimant for "simple misconduct", the employer will only be relieved 50% of potential liability.

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Alaska

Alaska uses a Quarterly Payroll Decline method for funding unemployment benefits. This is unlike the direct charge-back systems used in all other states.

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Arizona

In Arizona, the employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for a compelling reason not attributable to the employer.

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Arkansas

If the claimant was hired for part-time work in Arkansas, and continues to work part-time with no change in hours, then the employer can receive a non-charge.

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California

California requires in-person attendance at the vast majority of their unemployment hearings, and rarely grants a postponement.

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Colorado

Colorado employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant earned less than $1,000.

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Connecticut

Failure to respond to Connecticut's request for wage verification could result in a loss of rights on an unemployment claim.

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Delaware

For Delaware staffing employers, the state will view Failure To Maintain Contact as a voluntary quit If the employer informs the employee in advance that they must contact the employer upon the end of an assignment.

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District of Columbia

If the employer is base-period only, they do not have protest rights in the District of Columbia.

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Florida

If the employer informed the claimant upon hire that they have a probationary period of 90 days or less, Florida employers can receive a non-charge if the employee is discharged during that probationary period.

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Georgia

Georgia will relieve a staffing agency or a PEO if an employee fails to maintain contact with the employer. However, there are stringent notification requirements for the employer to maintain compliance with this provision.

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Hawaii

In Hawaii, the employer must respond to all unemployment claims, even the non-protestable issues, to avoid a penalty.

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Idaho

In Idaho, the employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for a compelling reason not attributable to the employer.

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Illinois

The most recent 30-day employer in Illinois is responsible for ALL unemployment benefits for a claimant. The base only employer is not charged.

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Indiana

An employer in Indiana can lose protest rights for failing to respond to an adjudicator call.

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Iowa

Iowa employers must participate in fact finding interviews in addition to responding to the unemployment claim in writing.

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Kansas

A Kansas employer will lose their appeal rights if they respond to the initial claim with insufficient separation information.

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Kentucky

Kentucky employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for a better job.

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Louisiana

In Louisiana, if the claimant was hired for part-time work, and continues to work part-time with no change in hours, then the employer can receive a non-charge.

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Maine

Maine employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant did not work for five consecutive weeks.

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Maryland

Maryland employers will be assessed a $15 penalty for every unemployment claim (including non-protestable issues) that is not responded to on a timely basis.

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts employers can receive relief of charges if they are a regular part-time employer, and the claimant is filing due to the loss of their regular full time job.

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Michigan

Michigan does not recognize previously adjudicated claims. If the claimant re-qualifies and files again, the claim must be protested as if it were the first claim.

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Minnesota

In Minnesota, the employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant earned less than $500; However, the employer must still respond to the state with separation information.

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Mississippi

In Mississippi, if the employee separates due to health reasons, and the employee was advised by a physician to leave employment, the employer can receive a non-charge.

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Missouri

For staffing employers in Missouri, the state will view Failure To Maintain Contact as a voluntary quit if the employer informs the employee in advance that they must contact the employer upon the end of an assignment.

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Montana

A Montana employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant separates due to being called to military duty for less than six weeks.

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Nebraska

With an employer PIN # in Nebraska, you can go online to respond to unemployment claims and file appeals.

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Nevada

In Nevada, if the employer is base-period only, protest rights are severely restricted. The employer must have 75% of the base period wages, or the employee must have been discharged for a proven crime.

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New Hampshire

A New Hampshire employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant has worked less than twelve consecutive weeks.

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New Jersey

In New Jersey, the employee must be absent for five consecutive days for the employer to get relief in a job abandonment claim.

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New Mexico

For New Mexico staffing employers, the state will view Failure To Maintain Contact as a voluntary quit if the employer informs the employee in advance that they must contact the employer upon the end of an assignment.

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New York

A New York employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for a compelling reason not attributable to the employer.

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North Carolina

The employer in North Carolina can get relief on a probationary discharge for inability if the claimant was employed under 100 days.

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North Dakota

In North Dakota, if the claimant received sick pay upon separation, that can reduce unemployment benefits.

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Ohio

In Ohio, if a part-time employee quits to protect their full-time job elsewhere, the part-time employer can receive a non-charge.

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Oklahoma

Contributing Oklahoma employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for verifiable medical reasons.

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Oregon

In Oregon, the employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for compelling medical reasons.

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Pennsylvania

Job refusals must be reported to Pennsylvania within seven days of the job offer, and must provide complete details regarding the job offer.

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Puerto Rico

The employer in Puerto Rico will lose their appeal rights if detailed separation information is not provided at the initial claim level and includes all types of separations.

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Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, the employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant worked fewer than 4 weeks and earns less than 20 times the hourly minimum wage.

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South Carolina

South Carolina employers can receive a non-charge if an employee quits due to domestic violence or to accompany a military spouse.

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South Dakota

South Dakota employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for compelling medical reasons.

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Tennessee

In Tennessee, the last employer unemployment claim is always mailed to the worksite location.

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Texas

A voluntary quit for medical reasons in Texas is a non-charge for the employer.

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Utah

Utah employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit new work after a trial period because the work was unsuitable when compared to their prior work history.

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Vermont

In Vermont, the employer can receive a $100 assessment for failing to respond to an unemployment claim.

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Virginia

In Virginia, the employer can receive a non-charge if the claimant worked less than 30 days.

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Virgin Islands

For the Virgin Islands, it is important to respond to non-protestable claims if there is severance pay as that will reduce unemployment benefits.

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Washington

Washington employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant quits for compelling medical reasons or to accompany a moving spouse.

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West Virginia

To qualify for benefits for West Virginia, the claimant must have earned $2,200 in the base period and have earned wages in more than one quarter of the base period.

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin employers can receive a non-charge if the claimant quit for a compelling reason not attributable to the employer.

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Wyoming

In Wyoming, wages in lieu of notice or severance pay will reduce unemployment benefits.

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