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…]

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…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: Multi-State Unemployment Tax Issues

Situation The beginning of a new calendar year is the perfect time for employers to review current payroll reporting practices to identify and rectify any inappropriate pay practices and review the prior year’s filings for potential refund opportunities.  This review should include an analysis of state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) sourcing rules and utilization of out-of-state [Read More…]

January 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged for excessive breaks and time clock fraud. 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 [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…]

New Hire Reporting For The Holiday Season

As we head into the holidays, we also head into an interesting employment season. Some industries prepare for year end, seasonal closures, while retail and restaurant hiring peaks at its highest point of the calendar year. Seasonal closures can create unemployment claim challenges, while the New Hire Reporting requirement gets onerous for employers with rapid [Read More…]

December 2016 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged after failing a post-accident drug test. 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…]