The Knowledge You Need to Win Your Claim

Let’s clear some things up. Specifically, about your attendance policy. Did you know that your attendance policy can protect you against absenteeism issues or in the case of a claim? Meaning, that a clearly written policy can help your employees understand what is expected of them even if they have a cold, have hit traffic on their way to work, or just need some unexpected time off. To start with, it’s good to know that the unemployment insurance system is set up in such a way that the Claimant will usually get unemployment insurance benefits unless the employer effectively protests the claim. So, you will need to be able to back yourself up when it comes time to protest that claim. This is where your attendance policy comes in. We want to let you know that your attendance policy can become your best friend and your best defense when it comes to protesting an unemployment insurance claim. As it is, absenteeism issues are some of the hardest to protest when it comes to unemployment insurance. To have the best chance of winning a claim, keep in mind these four key things: Be detail oriented. Many times, an employer can lose attendance related protest because they haven’t paid much attention to their attendance policy. To help, set and define the rules as clearly as possible when it comes to no call/no shows so that there are no questions about what your policy is.” For example, make it clear that your policy states that this kind of absence is considered a voluntary quit. Don’t be vague. Any wiggle room in your...

How Your Unemployment Tax Rates Are Computed

As business owners, taxes may seem like an inevitable fact of life. Much like how you have to buy gas to keep your car in motion, you have to pay your taxes to keep your business compliant with state and federal laws. Sometimes, you even have to spring for that premium level cost if your business has a hefty amount of unemployment claims. The good news is that your unemployment taxes are the only taxes that you can control. On that note, by controlling that cost you can help your company spend its resources on more pressing costs that will help it continue to grow. What to Know About Your Unemployment Tax Rates What are Unemployment Taxes? You have unemployment taxes because of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, a federal law that imposes an employer tax to help fund state workforce agencies. You, as a business, report this tax annually by filing a Form 940 with the IRS. What is My Unemployment Tax Rate? Your tax rate can vary by state to state or by how many unemployment claims have been made against your company. Generally speaking, every state assigns a standard rate for employers newly in business.  The New Employer Rate may be assigned for 1-3 years.  After that, the rate for the following years are based on your own history of benefit charges and taxable payroll. What are the 3 Components of My Unemployment Tax Rate as an Experience Rated Employer? Most states look at the following three components in determining your tax rate: Benefit charges paid Taxable Payroll Contributions (taxes) paid What Can Affect My Unemployment...

5 Ways to Enrich Company Culture & Create Happy Employees

Creating an engaging and positive work environment is one of the biggest challenges a business owner can face today. In fact, Gallup’s 2012 State of the American Workplace found that around 70 percent of Americans are not emotionally invested in their current job. While there are a multitude of reasons for this lack of engagement, the most common cause is simply company culture. What is company culture? This buzz-worthy phrase simply refers to the overall mission, values, and personality of your workplace, and how those shape an employee’s day to day experience at your company Creating a Work ‘Culture’ For A New Generation As more and more millennials begin to make up the work force, it is clear that crafting a trusting, informed, fun, creative company culture creates happy employees. Happy employees work harder than their dissatisfied colleagues and create a strong foundation for your organization to grow. Here are 5 ways you can improve your company’s culture today. 1. Encourage Strengths and Interests If an employee sees a need within your company and is driven to fill it, don’t let rigid titles and hierarchies stand in their way. Encourage flexibility and lateral moves to allow your employee to reach their full potential. 2. Be transparent Transparency refers to being honest and upfront with employees and customers. Open communication about your company’s finances creates a concrete link back to employee performance, and will either encourage employees to continue the good work or motivate them to do better. 3. Offer Perks While finances might limit how much your organization will offer, they shouldn’t dictate what you can offer. Business owners...

How To Take Control of Your Business’ Unemployment Costs

Whether your business is large or small, dealing with your unemployment costs can be an expensive hassle. Handling and processing unemployment claims is complicated and time-consuming, so much so that the Department of Labor and the State agencies overall Unemployment Insurance improper payment error rate is currently at 11.4% or $10.3B! If you look at those numbers, it’s clear to see that your business may be losing two of its most valuable resources: Time and Money. For businesses, that is never ideal. They need to be more productive, whilst making more money. Unemployment costs can make it difficult for businesses, but there are ways that the business can continue to operate normally. By getting in contact with a company like Expedition Co (see here), businesses can create their own software to make some of their operations more efficient. This should allow their staff to complete jobs quicker, giving them more time to do other work. By digitalizing some operations, businesses can get more done in the working day, ensuring that unemployment costs don’t impact them as much. Software might just be the answer. The Benefits of Using Us4U Software What if we told you that our software will completely streamline the way your organization handles your unemployment claims? Now you don’t need to be an unemployment claims expert. Everything you need to keep track of this important part of your business is now easily accessed at your personal computer. Our range of software solutions gives you, the busy business owner, the freedom required to self-administer all claim activity and maintain complete control of your UI cost. All of our...