Changes to Iowa unemployment benefits coming July 1

June 20, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Tara Z. Hall

Several changes related to unemployment benefits in Iowa are set to take effect July 1. The changes are seen as beneficial to employers.

Unemployment and incarceration

An amendment to the Iowa Employment Security Act (IESA) adds a new subsection to the Iowa Code that provides that an employee will be disqualified from receiving benefits if he misses work because of incarceration unless the following four factors are satisfied: read more…

New Arizona law outlaws double-dipping unemployment benefits

July 09, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Dinita L. James

A new Arizona law going into effect July 24 means employees who are let go with severance pay won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits right away.

The law adds a new section to Arizona Revised Statutes § 23-621 to define severance pay, a term that was undefined in earlier legislation, which resulted in a laid-off employee of a beverage distributor receiving a year’s salary in addition to unemployment benefits.

The case began when Phoenix beverage distributor Hensley & Company implemented a reduction in force (RIF) in 2011. The company designed the RIF so that all laid-off employees would be paid two weeks of base pay and whatever benefits remained in the month of termination.

read more…

New Wyoming law defines misconduct for unemployment benefits

June 24, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Bradley T. Cave

A new law taking effect on July 1 defines “misconduct” in Wyoming’s unemployment benefits statute. The definition outlines the circumstances in which a former employee will be disqualified from unemployment benefits.

Wyoming law already states that an employee will be disqualified from benefits if the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) finds that he was discharged for “misconduct connected with his work.” But the statute didn’t provide a definition of such misconduct.

read more…

Virginia broadens unemployment eligibility for transferred military spouses

June 09, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Rachael E. Luzietti

A new Virginia law taking effect on July 1 will make more military spouses eligible for unemployment benefits.

Senate Bill 18, which was proposed by Senator Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton), provides that “good cause” exists if an employee leaves his job to accompany a spouse on active military duty who is transferred to a location that is not reasonably accessible to the spouse’s worksite.

The law applies only to employees relocating to a state with similar legislation. Unemployment benefits paid to eligible military spouses will be charged to the general compensation pool rather than the individual employer.

read more…

New York law on unemployment taxes takes effect January 1

December 19, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Colin Leonard and James Rooney

A new law going into effect on January 1, 2014, will increase New York employers’ contributions to the state’s unemployment compensation program.

Earlier this year, legislation was enacted in response to the insolvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and the state’s need to repay $3.5 billion borrowed from the federal government to cover increased costs during the recession.

One of the changes involves employer contributions based on the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Under the old law, the employer tax was based on the number of employees and the employer’s experience rating. The tax was assessed on the first $8,500 of each employee’s earnings. Beginning January 1, 2014, the tax will be assessed on the first $10,300 of each employee’s earnings, and the amount will gradually rise each year.

read more…

North Carolina’s unemployment overhaul to take effect July 1

June 10, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Richard L. Rainey

North Carolina’s law overhauling the state’s unemployment system will take effect July 1, bringing about a small tax increase for many employers and a reduced maximum weekly benefit amount for claimants. It also will change the circumstances in which a claimant is disqualified from benefits.

During the economic recession, the state borrowed more than $2.5 billion from the federal government to cover unemployment payments. The North Carolina General Assembly enacted the new law to pay back the loan as quickly as possible.

read more…

Stimulus Bill Brings COBRA, Other Issues for Employers

February 16, 2009 0 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 16: House Passes COBRA Subsidy Extension and Expansion

Even as President Barack Obama prepares for a trip to Denver Tuesday to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the stimulus package, many are still trying to sort out the bill, which Congress passed last Friday in dizzyingly rapid fashion.

read more…

This Week’s Changes to Federal Employment Laws

February 13, 2009 0 COMMENTS

For the third week in a row, Congress and President Barack Obama have made changes to federal employment laws or regulations. First, it was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The next week, President Obama signed executive orders affecting federal contractors and unions. And this week brings us the stimulus plan with changes to COBRA health care continuation and unemployment benefits.

When we put this issue of HR Hero Line to bed, the economic stimulus plan still had a few hoops to jump in Congress and each hour seemed to to bring dramatic news about deals being made and then no deals. Maybe Howie Mandel and the models will jump into the fray to help the folks in Washington make up their minds, but I suspect the banker won’t show up until Congress starts work on Bail Out Round 2.

read more…