Oregon amends its UI rules regarding the prevailing rate of pay

Oregon has amended the rules under its Employment Department Law as follows: Prevailing rate of pay. This temporary change replaces the term “average” with the term “median” as it relates to the rate of pay of an individual. The rationale is that using “average” takes into account all wages paid to an individual for a […]

Michigan announces change in its EB period

The following changes have occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State of Michigan’s EB status: Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 10, 2011, Michigan no longer meets the 110% criteria to remain “on” in the EB program. As a result, the payable period for the […]

Idaho amends its UI law on various topics

Idaho has amended its Employment Security Law as follows: Determination of rates. The average high cost ratio is determined for each calendar year by calculating the average of the three highest benefit cost rates in the 20-year period ending with the preceding year. The “benefit cost rate” is the total annual benefits paid, including the […]

Hawaii adopts resolution regarding UI-related laws and domestic violence

The House of Representatives of the State of Hawaii has issued a resolution requesting that Congress examine federal laws and regulations to allow states to more readily enact unemployment compensation-related laws that will allow fear of domestic or sexual violence to be a valid reason for not accepting “suitable work.” The state also requests review […]

Delaware triggers “on” to Tier Four benefits

Public Law 111-312 extended provisions in Public Law 111-92, which amended prior laws to create a Third and Fourth Tier of benefits within the EUC08 program for qualified unemployed workers claiming benefits in high unemployment states. The Department of Labor produces a trigger notice indicating which states qualify for EUC08 benefits within Tiers Three and […]

Colorado amends its UI law regarding benefits during approved training, extended benefits

Colorado has amended its Employment Security Act as follows: Benefits payable during approved training. The Division will not deny benefits to an otherwise eligible individual: because the individual is in training approved under the federal Trade Act of 1974; because the individual left work to enroll in the training, as long as the work left […]

SSA seeks comments on proposed information gathering activities

The Social Security Administration is soliciting comments from the public regarding revised forms and other information collections currently pending with the agency prior to submission for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Other forms and information gathering activities, as indicated below, have already been submitted to the OMB. Specifically, the SSA wants […]

SSA issues technical correction to neurological listing for children

The Social Security Administration has issued a technical correction to a cross reference that had been made obsolete by a revision last June to §102.00 of the Listing of Impairments in 20 CFR, Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1, which relates to the Special Senses and Speech body system for children. In the revision, Listing […]

SSA extends attorney advisor program for two more years

The Social Security Administration has extended for two years its rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing procedures and to issue fully favorable decisions. The program had been set to expire on August 10, 2011, but is now extended to August 9, 2013. In 2007, the SSA brought back the program, which was first […]

Colorado amends its UI rules on various topics

Colorado has amended the rules under its Employment Security Act as follows: Date of filing. The regulations now provide that a document is filed on the date it is received. Under prior rules, documents were considered filed on the postmark date Due date. If the due date of a premium or report falls on a […]