May 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged for using profane language at work. He was disqualified from benefits upon a finding that he was discharged for misconduct connected with the work.  The claimant appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At the Hearing The Employer’s Evidence:  The witness for the employer, a retail [Read More…]

Ready to Rock at APA Congress

In two weeks, thousands of Payroll professionals will travel to Orlando for the 35th annual APA Congress to network, share best practices, and attend sessions delivered by industry experts. If you’re attending APA Congress, be sure to stop by the Equifax booth at #415 to learn about solutions to help Payroll, Tax, and HR professionals, including the nearly [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…]

April 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Backgound The claimant left voluntarily for personal reasons after attempting to rescind her resignation. She was disqualified from benefits upon a finding that she quit without good cause.  The claimant appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At The Hearing The Employer’s Evidence:  The employer’s witness testified that just prior to [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…]

Unemployment Tax Look Back Review

Whether you use an unemployment vendor or manage unemployment in-house, now may be a good time to have an independent third party assessment of your unemployment tax accounts to identify potential tax overpayments. “In America, there are two tax systems; one for the informed and one for the uninformed. Both are legal.” – Judge Learned [Read More…]

March 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant left voluntarily when she believed she had been discharged. She was allowed benefits upon a finding that she was separated for no disqualifying reason.  The employer appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At the Hearing The Employer’s Evidence:  The employer testified that the claimant, a retail shift [Read More…]

State Unemployment Tax Savings Opportunities in New York

New York offers employers the opportunity to reduce 2017 state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax costs.  This may be accomplished through: Forming a Joint Account.  A NY joint account combines two or more of your SUI tax accounts to achieve a lower overall tax cost for 2017. Making a Voluntary Tax Contribution.  A NY voluntary contribution [Read More…]

February 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged for repeated violations of company policy. She 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 testified that the claimant, [Read More…]

The Evolution of HR Systems: Improve Processes, Make Work Easier

A recent article from SHRM discusses the evolution of HR systems of record over the last decade. Author Josh Bersin says, The future of HR software is now very clear. We need to build and buy systems that make work easier; make life better; and help us learn, give feedback, collaborate and get aligned. These [Read More…]