Quarterly UI Industry Update

We’ve closed the first quarter of 2016 with a few notable events in the world of unemployment. The State of Connecticut recently retired its Title XII loan debt to the Federal Government.  This is certainly good news to Connecticut employers as they have been subject to the highest Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) rates in

Employers Edge Adds Michigan to Our UI SIDES Roster

Employers Edge has been a leader in the implementation and development of UI SIDES participation and best practices since the inception of the SIDES program. This morning we added Michigan to our roster of UI SIDES states and are very excited for the improvement this represents for claims processing ability and notification times for our

UI Vocabulary – Partial Unemployment

We continue our year-long series called Unemployment Vocabulary this week. If you do not work within the unemployment industry, some of the terminology utilized may be challenging to follow. It’s important to know the “lingo” to be sure that you understand what is going on within your company’s unemployment program. We’re examining the concept of

Unemployment State Spotlight – Illinois

Illinois, also known as the Land of Lincoln and the Prairie State, was the home of Abraham Lincoln, the birth place of Walt Disney, and home of the first McDonald’s and the first sky scraper. It is the 5th most populous state in the country, and the most populous state in the Midwest with a

Unemployment: Who pays for it?

There are a lot of misconceptions about the way the unemployment system works. One topic that is often a source of confusion is the questions of “who exactly pays for unemployment?” Many workers believe that they pay for unemployment through the taxes taken out of their paychecks. That is untrue in the vast majority of

The Most and Least Expensive States for UI Taxes

When you want to understand your unemployment insurance (UI) tax cost, the focus often centers on your unemployment tax rate (if you are a taxable employer). This is a very important component when understanding UI tax costs. However, it is only one factor in the calculation of total unemployment expenditures. The other component is the

The Ins and Outs of Job Refusals

It can be difficult to keep track of all the rules and regulations governing what makes someone eligible to collect unemployment benefits. One concept that can be particularly confusing is how someone can collect unemployment if they’ve been offered work, but refused it. This concept applies most frequently to temporary job placement or staffing agencies

Unemployment State Spotlight – Texas

As the saying goes, “everything’s bigger in Texas.” The Lone Star state is the largest state in the contiguous U.S., covering 7.4% of total land area in the country. Texas is a big state with a big population, currently estimated at 16 million. It is also home to the highest volume of petroleum production in

Unemployment Myth Busters

This week, we are introducing a new series called “Unemployment Myth Busters.” There are a lot of common misconceptions about how unemployment works and who is eligible to collect unemployment. We will tackle these one at a time and debunk some of the most common falsehoods related to unemployment. Myth: When an employee quits voluntarily,