ETA issues UIPL about new methodology used to calculate “on” and “off” triggers for EB purposes

The Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) to inform the states of the new methodology used to calculate the “on” or “off” total unemployment rate (TUR) indicators to determine when extended benefit (EB) periods begin and end in a state. The DOL […]

U.S. Sup. Ct. upholds Arizona immigration law

The Legal Arizona Workers Act, which provides for the revocation or suspension of the business license of employers in the state that knowingly or intentionally employ unauthorized aliens, was not expressly or impliedly preempted by federal immigration law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. (Chamber of Commerce v Whiting, May 26, 2011, Roberts, J). Additionally, […]

DOL submits information collection request for Unemployment Insurance Data Validation Program to OMB

The Department of Labor is submitting an Employment and Training Administration (ETA)-sponsored information collection request entitled “Unemployment Insurance Data Validation Program” to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval for continued use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments must be submitted on or before June 20, 2011. The […]

New Payroll Widget from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Delivers Instant Access to Latest Payroll Developments

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., June 6, 2011) – Now, it’s easier than ever for professionals to stay up to date and in the know on the latest changes affecting the payroll industry with the new CCH/Aspen Publishers Payroll Widget from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of information and software […]

Conn. issues withholding information; corrects error in Table D

Connecticut has released more information on the new withholding tables (see CCH Payroll Management Guide Report Letter 2200, dated May 24, 2011). The information is reproduced in this Report Letter on pages 11—15. In addition, Connecticut has corrected the Withholding Calculation Rules Tables. The error is for one of the thresholds in Table D, Withholding […]

Oklahoma amends its UI rules on various topics

Oklahoma has amended its rules under the Oklahoma Employment Security Act as follows: Aggregated data. The rules now define the term “Aggregated Data” to mean statistical data that has been stripped of any information that would identify any particular individual or employer, so that data concerning any specific individual, employer, or claimant cannot be discerned […]

Arizona amends its UI law regarding voluntary leaving

Arizona has amended its Employment Security Act as follows: Voluntary leaving. A claimant’s spouse or an unemancipated minor will not be disqualified from receiving benefits if he or she left work to accompany the other spouse or a parent who is a member of the armed services and who is transferred to another locality as […]

Kentucky storm victims may qualify for relief

Victims of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line wind and flooding beginning April 22, 2011, in parts of Kentucky may qualify for tax relief from the IRS. The President has declared the counties of Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Livingston, McCracken, Marshall, Union and Webster to be federal disaster areas. The IRS has postponed certain deadlines […]

SSA seeks comments on proposed information gathering activities

The Social Security Administration is soliciting comments from the public regarding a number of revised and renewed forms and other information gathering activities prior to submission for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as well as for some activities for which clearance has already been sought. Specifically, the SSA wants feedback on […]

Plan was not an accountable plan due to unspent expenses

A reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement where the employer paid an amount to its employee regardless of whether an expense was paid or incurred or reasonably expected to be paid or incurred by the employee was considered a nonaccountable plan. The plan violated the business connection’s reimbursement requirement under Reg. §1.62-2(d)(3)(i). Amounts paid under […]