2019 Wage Base Updates

2019 Wage Base Updates

So far, there are 24 states that have updated their taxable wage base amount for 2019. All of them with the exception of two are increasing the taxable wage base. The taxable wage base is the top end cap of how much of an employee’s earned income is taxable against the employers account for unemployment

Interactive Map: State Unemployment Rates, 1976-2019

Interactive Map: State Unemployment Rates, 1976-2019

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published an article that includes an interactive unemployment rate map. The map has a slider that can be moved to adjust the year and month, and a play button to watch the rates change over time. The chart offers the ability to hover over any state and highlight the

Initial Claims at Lowest Point Since 1969

Initial Claims at Lowest Point Since 1969

The week ending April 13th proved to have the lowest number of initial unemployment claims since September 1969. Seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims numbered 192,000 as compared to 182,000 from September 6th, 1969. The 4-week moving average of 201,250 was the lowest level since November 1, 1969 when it was at 200,500. The Department of

Proposed Florida Bill – Unemployment Benefits for Domestic Violence Victims

Proposed Florida Bill – Unemployment Benefits for Domestic Violence Victims

A bill has been proposed in the Florida Legislature that would make domestic abuse victims eligible for unemployment benefits. The individual will have to verify that they have left their job in order to evade domestic abuse. They will also be responsible for proving they made a reasonable effort to maintain employment such as, for

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Workers Affected by Floods

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Workers Affected by Floods

President Trump has designated portions of Nebraska as a disaster area, prompting the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. Individuals that are unemployed due to a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President may be eligible for DUA benefits. The other qualifications for eligibility include the worker not qualifying for regular unemployment insurance

Amendment for UI Claimant Reemployment Services

Amendment for UI Claimant Reemployment Services

The House Committee on Ways and Means has passed the BRIDGE act, short for “Building on Reemployment Improvements to Deliver Good Employment for Workers Act.” This amendment to Federal law will allow States to provide reemployment services to all unemployment Insurance claimants rather than just claimants that are expected to exhaust their full benefit amount.

Overtime Pay: Department of Labor Update

Overtime Pay: Department of Labor Update

The United States Department of Labor has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would make upwards of one million more workers eligible for overtime. The current law states that workers with a salary under $23,660 per year ($455 per week) must receive overtime pay if they exceed 40 hours per week. The new proposal

2019 National Unemployment Insurance Issues Conference

2019 National Unemployment Insurance Issues Conference

The National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation is hosting the 2019 National Unemployment Insurance Issues Conference in Portland Oregon, on June 26-28. The conference will have experts from the private sector and federal officials lead workshops on a variety of topics. This is an opportunity for newcomers and experts to learn more about

State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency

State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) published a report this month highlighting the solvency of the State’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Funds.  The USDOL employs an Average High Cost Multiple (AHCM) method to determine solvency where trust fund balances are compared to the average benefits needed over the past 23 years.   Following the Great Recession