July 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant quit voluntarily after a discussion with her manager regarding her attendance.  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 [Read More…]

June 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant quit voluntarily after she was informed that her work would end on a future date.  She was disqualified from benefits upon a finding that she quit without good cause connected with the work.  The claimant appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At The Hearing The Claimant’s 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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]