Unemployment Insurance Statute and Rules
What is Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Law?
The Utah unemployment insurance program is established and governed by Title 35A, Chapter 4 of the Utah Code, titled the Utah Employment Security Act. This law establishes:
- contributions (tax),
- benefits and eligibility,
- the unemployment compensation fund and
- program administration.
Is There Federal Unemployment Insurance Law?
The Social Security Act establishes:
- funding for state UI program administration
- state law requirements and
- federal unemployment compensation accounts.
The Federal Unemployment Tax Act establishes:
- federal unemployment tax rates
- credits against the tax
- state law approval provisions and
What Are the UI Rules?
The UI rules are a written statement providing the administrative guidelines for the department to follow in delivering unemployment insurance services. These administrative rules are written under the authority of state and federal law, and have the effect of law.
Unlike statute, which can only be amended by action of the legislature, administrative rules can be revised throughout the year. In general, changes or additions to the rules are proposed by the appropriate state agency, submitted to the state Division of Administrative Rules, published for public comment, and adopted.
The administrative rules governing the Utah unemployment insurance program are found in the Utah Administrative Code.