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May 2016 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged for being absent without approval. The claimant was allowed benefits upon a finding that she was discharged, but not for misconduct connected with the work.  The employer appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At the Hearing The Employer’s Evidence:  The employer posted a schedule with [Read More…]

WOTC Goes Retro: Recapture Missed Tax Credits

Recapture Missed Tax Credits: WOTC Goes Retro After a long hiatus, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has been reinstated by Congress, and it now offers even more opportunities for employers to collect significant tax credits. So if you hired individuals from certain groups that face barriers to employment anytime between January 1, 2015 and [Read More…]

Webinar Summary: Brent Gow of Starbucks – Spring Cleaning for Your Unemployment Accounts

In our recent webinar, Brent Gow of Starbucks discussed key action items to consider in coming months to make sure your SUI rates are as low as they could be. Brent is a former APA president, author, and industry veteran. He’s well known for the process steps and teamwork he’s established at Starbucks for unemployment [Read More…]

Political and Social Landscape Make Repeal of ACA Unlikely

Equifax understands that many employers are left feeling uncertain on how to best approach ACA compliance with the election around the corner and with the mention of a repeal.  So we’ve invited, Tom Dowling, Partner in the Stinson Leonard Street’s Employee Benefits Group to provide his insight into what the election could mean for employers [Read More…]

Tax Intelligence – Georgia Jobs Tax Credit

Georgia Jobs Tax Credit Situation The state of Georgia offers one of the most lucrative tax credits in the country. The Georgia Jobs Tax Credit allows a qualified business up to $4,000 per year for 5 years for each new job created. Since the program’s inception in 1990, Georgia has continued to promote and expand [Read More…]

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

According to FEMA, “a major disaster declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure, including funds for both emergency and permanent work.” One of these programs is Disaster Unemployment Assistance which provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result [Read More…]

Best Practices for Onboarding Compliance in the Staffing Industry

Staffing organizations are faced with a number of unique challenges when it comes to onboarding compliance, including having a high number of new hires each month, a dispersed workforce, and managing unique employee scenarios.  But in addition to managing these distinct challenges, there is also the quickly evolving area of state-specific new-hire notification requirements that [Read More…]

Curtailing Revenue Loss from Identity Fraud

Fraudulent account activity and identity fraud are both significant drains to today’s business resources. In the era of online and mobile commerce, it’s more important than ever for companies to make sure business transactions are being done with a real person and with the right person. Yet, many intrusive verification processes end up creating customer abandonment or delaying [Read More…]

Unemployment hearings: learn about key issues by watching a live recreation

I’m joining my appellate team to present a live recreation of an unemployment hearing online next week. This is a great opportunity to see for yourself what really happens at an unemployment hearing. What are the key steps to take in preparing for your hearing? If your hiring managers don’t follow best practices, what are the consequences when [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: SUI Economic Update

Situation State unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rates change year-over-year based on such factors as employer-specific experience, M&A activity, benefit payment inefficiencies, and overall economic conditions.  With the issuance of 2016 SUI tax rates now complete, evaluating trends in economic conditions can provide an employer insight into where SUI tax rates are headed in 2017 and [Read More…]