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Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Maryland

MD Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Washington, D.C.

DC Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Delaware

DE Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Missouri

MO Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit, governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 627-7729 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

New Association Partner: Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

 

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First Nonprofit Group is proud to announce our new partnership with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MN). It is MNN’s mission to strengthen the nonprofit community through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building. MNN has more than 650 nonprofit members from every region of the Commonwealth.

We look forward to helping our newest partner and its members save money on their State Unemployment Insurance costs to free up funding that can be used in other areas of operation to help individuals and families throughout Massachusetts.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, please visit their website: http://massnonprofitnet.org/

Drug Tests May Determine Some Unemployment Eligibility

On the last day of March 2017, President Donald Trump signed legislation that will grant states more leeway to drug test unemployment insurance applicants for benefit eligibility and job readiness.

Historically, states haven’t drug tested people seeking unemployment benefits because the Social Security Act (SSA) hasn’t allow agencies to restrict factors that are not related to the “fact or cause” of a worker’s unemployment. Many lawmakers have been seeking to allow states to drug test applicants as a condition of receiving unemployment compensation (UC) benefits.

In 2012 an amendment to the SSA allowed states to drug test unemployment compensation applicants as a condition of eligibility in the following limited circumstances:

  • If they were fired by their last employer for unlawful drug use.
  • If they were seeking jobs in occupations that regularly drug test.

Then in 2016, a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule narrowly defined the “occupations” for which drug testing was permitted as those for which testing is required by federal or state law. That DOL ruling allowed drug testing for:

  • Occupations that require carrying firearms
  • Occupations that require operating vehicles that transport passengers.
  • Flight crews
  • Railroad crew members
  • Air traffic controllers.

On March 31, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation to nullify the 2016 U.S. Department of Labor rule that narrowly limited the circumstances under which drug testing may be carried out by states in administering their unemployment insurance systems.

This most recent legislation now expands those DOL regulations so that all states are cleared to explicitly deny unemployment insurance benefits to applicants who lost their job due to illegal drug use, and establish a state’s ability to conduct a drug testing program as a condition of eligibility. As of now, 20 states deny unemployment insurance benefits to applicants who lost their job due to illegal drug use.

Schemes to Swindle State Unemployment Agencies on the Rise

Internet fraud is a significant threat everywhere. Concurrently, the proliferation of intricate fraud schemes against state unemployment agencies by organized crime is also on the rise. Nationwide, since 2012, the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (DOL/OIG), Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations reports conducting over 750 major unemployment compensation (UC) investigations that resulted in “1,200 criminal convictions that created over $67.5 million in improper UC payments”.

Historically, there has always been a certain amount of individual fraud related to UC payments but advances in technology have made it easier for multi-claimant scams to financially impact state agencies. The proliferation of organized crime efforts takes advantage of specific state vulnerabilities using stolen personal claimant identification and the anonymity of the Internet. For example,

State administrators throughout the country are partnering now, more often, with local law enforcement, FBI and DOL/OIG for the purpose of investigating criminal fraud in their UC programs. Should you know of or suspect wrongdoing as it relates to UC benefit payments, please contact your unemployment claims administrator.

Reference: Employment and Training Administration, Advisory System, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. 20210, Subject: “Disclosure of Confidential Unemployment Compensation (UC) Information to the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General for the purpose of investigating UC fraud is mandatory”, December 16, 2016.

Don’t Wait! State Deadlines are Quickly Approaching

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With Fall arriving and the holiday season around the corner, it’s about that time to review your state unemployment tax (SUTA) cost options. SUTA costs have increased for most states since 2009 — by as much as 345%! Nonprofits, governmental and tribal entities have the option to opt out of paying SUTA and instead, reimburse their state unemployment benefits paid to employees. The reimbursement financing option gives employers the opportunity to:

  • Avoid annually varying tax rates which create a statewide reserve against future unemployment risk
  • Reduce the actual cost of benefits to dollar-for-dollar
  • Avoid having to pay the pooled costs built into each state’s unemployment agency

Choosing the reimbursement financing method is less costly for nonprofits however it comes with potential risks such as an unexpected loss of funding. At First Nonprofit, we have programs tailored to help nonprofits take advantage of savings while minimizing any potential risk that may arise. The deadline for many states to enroll in reimbursement financing is on November 30th, while for others it’s December 1st.

First Nonprofit Group provides nearly 2,000 nonprofits around the country with unemployment insurance at affordable rates. To find out how much money your organization can save, request an unemployment cost savings evaluation. Evaluations are free, there is no obligation to join, and an estimate of your 2018 unemployment rate is included!

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Florida

FL Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit, governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

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