New York State recently made several changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system as part of the Business Relief Act passed in the 2013-2014 State Budget. These changes will save employers approximately $400 million in total and will allow the State to pay off a $3.5 billion federal loan by 2016 instead of 2018.
The changes to the system that employers should be aware of include: (1) penalties for employers that are late in responding to the Department of Labor’s requests for information; (2) wage base and rate schedule changes; (3) strengthened anti-fraud measures and extra job search requirements; (4) employers accounts may not be charged for future claims if an employee is terminated for misconduct.
The following links provide detailed guidance and highlight the changes for employers:
Employer’s Guide to Unemployment Insurance, Wage Reporting, and Withholding Tax
Unemployment Benefits- Employer’s Guide
Questions and Answers: Hearings Before Unemployment Insurance Administrative Law Judges