The Insider Guide for Staffing Down After the Holidays

Best Practices to Follow when Terminating Seasonal Employees Now that the busy Holiday Season is behind us, retail and other industries are facing the task of staffing down to normal levels.  This can stretch an already burdened HR department. More paperwork. More unemployment claims. However, there are things that can be done to lessen administrative [Read More…]

Which States Require You to Provide Workers With a Separation Notice?

Separation Notice Forms by State for Employment Status Change Did you know 15 states require employers to provide their workers with a separation notice upon employment status change? This includes separations from discharges, layoffs, and leaves of absence. Some states require these notices to happen within the first 24-hours, while others give you three days.  An [Read More…]

Webinar Replay: Unemployment Mock Hearing

During our recent unemployment webinar, Burden of Proof: An Unemployment Mock Hearing, we took our attendees straight into a live re-enactment of a real unemployment case. Most seasoned HR pros know that the heat is on when they receive notice of an unemployment hearing. From preparing the witnesses to ensuring documents are submitted as evidence [Read More…]

Nearly No Touch Wage Audit Solution

We get it. In theory wage audit requests are a simple procedure to verify wages and unemployment benefits. As many employers know, this seemingly simple procedure can bring some big challenges: Incorrect format: State agencies require data to be submitted in a specific format, which typically doesn’t match employers’ payroll format. Employee time and resources: [Read More…]

Wage Audit: Nearly No-touch Solution Available

Wage Audit requests can create a significant administrative strain on employers, and the burden seems to be growing. Over the past few years, wage audit frequency has steadily increased, and the process has become more complex. Response guidelines vary by state, employees must often spend hours reformatting data, and states are becoming more diligent about [Read More…]

Wage Audit: Payroll Transcription Required as State Agencies Enforce Response Formats

State agencies have a vested interest in deploying  wage audits, which attempt to identify claimants who simultaneously collect both paycheck and unemployment benefits. According to the United States Department of Labor, nearly $11 of every $100 in unemployment benefits is improperly paid annually; which translates to nearly $3 billion of improperly paid unemployment benefits every [Read More…]

Webinar: the wage audit challenge

I recently co-presented at a webinar with the Kansas Department of Labor and Wal-Mart, where we discussed the challenge of wage audit compliance and recent work to help improve the process for everyone involved. One thing that jumped out at me during the webinar was how much our attendees felt the pain adminstratively. Responding to a [Read More…]

Wage Audits on the Rise; New Digital Solution Can Help

As many employers have noticed, the frequency of wage audits has been on the rise. On average,  12-15% of our clients’ unemployment claims are audited. According to the United States Department of Labor, nearly $11 out of every $100 in unemployment benefits are improperly paid; therefore, nearly $3 billion in unemployment benefits are improperly paid [Read More…]

Time to Repair the (Unemployment Claims Management) Roof

In 2014, the US Department of Labor reported 16.5M initial unemployment claims filed. Based on their reporting on the current pace of initial claims, we will likely end 2016 with 13.4M claims. With 3M fewer claims being filed, fewer resources are needed for claims management. Resources they can shift to other priorities . . . [Read More…]

Unemployment Update: Volume Down, Enforcement Up

Even when unemployment claim volume is low, there is still work to be done. Currently, the Department of Labor is reporting claim volume is hovering near all-time lows. In fact, for the past 18 months, their reports show average initial claim volume has averaged 260,000 claims/week. No doubt about it, that’s pretty manageable volume. But [Read More…]