The U.S. Department of Labor recently released their April-June
2016 quarterly report on the status of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.
Congress designed the program as a federal-state
partnership. The federal government provides over-arching support to help
ensure conformity and compliance within the framework of federal law. Because
of Utah employer’s compliance with federal law, they experience a 90 percent
credit towards their federal unemployment tax — the difference between paying
$420 per employee to $42 per employee each year.
States are provided with the latitude to adopt their own
laws towards accomplishing the goals of the program, tailored towards their
unique economic and geographic landscapes. This ensures that the voice of local
employers — who fundamentally support the UI program structure — is heard. This
also provides states with the agility to address changes in the dynamics of
local labor markets. More...
State Honored with “Triple Crown” Award for an Unprecedented
Utahns continue to benefit from one of the best unemployment
insurance programs in the nation the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed today.
Utah was awarded the “Triple Crown” for being the top performing unemployment
insurance division, which operates faster and more effectively than in any
other medium sized state in the nation.
“We serve Utahns in need with a remarkably efficient system,
which is what this award is all about,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director
of the Department of Workforce Services. “This honor highlights our commitment
to exceptional customer service and wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars.” More...
The U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on Human
Resources held a hearing today entitled “Unemployment Insurance: An Overview of
the Challenges and Strengths of Today’s System.” As part of the hearing, Utah’s
Unemployment Insurance Division Director Michelle Beebe testified about the
successes within Utah’s program and the current challenges states are facing.
“Utah is one of the top states in the country when it comes
to having low duration and exhaustion rates, and has one of the healthiest
Unemployment Trust Funds,” said Beebe. “Even with our success in re-employment,
there are challenges every state is experiencing regarding funding constraints
and the partnership with the federal government. States need flexibility to
continue along the path of sustainability and innovation.” More...