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…]

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…]

November 2016 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged for negligently handling medication. She was disqualified from benefits upon a finding that she 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 employer testified that the claimant, a health aide, was discharged [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…]