Employer Guides: NY’s Unemployment Insurance System

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

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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