Tennessee SB-2520 Non-charging Update

Tennessee SB-2520 Non-charging Update

Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-7-403(d), provides statutory guidance to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) about contributory (merit rated) employer charging of UI benefits. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SB-2520 was introduced and ultimately signed by Governor Bill Lee on June 22, 2020. Originally, this bill suspended the charging provisions of Tenn. Code Ann. §

New York Executive Order 202.45

New York Executive Order 202.45

On January 14, 2021, New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) Commissioner Roberta Reardon issued Executive Order 202.45. The impact of this Executive Order (EO) will positively impact financial liability for both merit rated and reimbursing employers in New York. Per this EO, all charges for both merit rated and reimbursing employers will be non-charged for the

Arkansas Executive Order 20-54

Arkansas Executive Order 20-54

In an effort to mitigate financial exposure to Arkansas employers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued Executive Order (EO) 20-54 on December 29, 2020. This EO addressed relief of charges, for Q2 2020, for all Arkansas employers. Merit Rated Employers – The EO removing all Q2 charges was not issued until December 2020, although

Congress Passes New Economic Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Congress Passes New Economic Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Late Monday night, December 21, 2020, Congress passed an omnibus bill (H.R. 133) for federal government spending during the 2021 fiscal budget year, and also includes $900 billion in Covid-19 relief funding. The bill has been sent to the White House, awaiting the President’s signature. The relief package includes a number of assistance provisions for

UI State Reference Guide – COVID-19

UI State Reference Guide – COVID-19

Updated 10.7 At this time, most states are preparing for an increase in unemployment claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however in some cases they have not yet issued specific direction on claims based on disruptions caused by COVID-19. Currently, agencies are considering rule changes that may waive certain claim filing or weekly certification requirements

Maryland Beacon System Modernization

Maryland Beacon System Modernization

The Maryland Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI), will launch their new unemployment system, BEACON, on Monday, September 21, 2020. In preparation for this exciting system modernization, we wish to provide you with important information. To allow the migration of data from their legacy mainframe to BEACON, the DUI will be taking their

Combatting UI Fraud – USDOL Provides $100 Million in Funding to States

Combatting UI Fraud – USDOL Provides $100 Million in Funding to States

The US Department of Labor has announced $100 million in funding will be provided to States in order to combat UI fraud and recover improper unemployment benefit payments. The Employment and Training Administration has published UI Program Letter 28-20 outlining strategies to help states improve their anti-fraud operations. The massive increase in the number of

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program to Supplement UI Benefits

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program to Supplement UI Benefits

A Presidential Memorandum issued on August 8, 2020, authorizes a “Lost Wages Assistance” (LWA) program, to supplement unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, due to the continued need for financial security brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Memorandum can be found here. The $600 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplement to UI benefits expired at the end

Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act

Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act

On August 3, 2020, the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act (S. 4209) was signed into law. Click here to see the announcement. This new federal law “fixes” provisions in the CARES Act and subsequent guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) so that “reimbursing” employers will not be required to first pay