FAQS

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions. If you do not find what you are looking for, please use our contact form to ask us.

What is the contribution rate for new members that are currently contributing employers?

Applicants that qualify will receive a fixed rate that is 25% less than their current rate with the state for their first two years of membership. For example, if your rate with the state is 5.00%, your rate with us would be 3.75%. If you don’t qualify at a 25% discount, we’ll also try to qualify you at your current rate with the state.

What is the contribution rate for new members that are currently reimbursing employers?

Applicants that qualify will receive a fixed rate of 2.50% for their first two years of membership. This is the only rate that we use to qualify reimbursing employers.

How do I know if I’m a contributing or reimbursing employer?

If you have a tax rate with the state, you’re a contributing employer. If you receive a bill from the state for unemployment benefit charges, you’re a reimbursing employer.

Once my organization becomes a member, can we change our mind and return to the state’s unemployment system?

Once you become a member, the state will not allow your company to return for two years.

Do we still need to file an Employer’s Quarterly Wage/Tax Report (Form 1028) with the state?

Your company still needs to provide this information to the state. They use it to determine if a claimant is monetarily eligible to collect unemployment benefits. Be sure to check the box that indicates you’re a reimbursing employer and do not complete section 3.

How much does an employee need to earn to be monetarily eligible to collect unemployment benefits?

An employee must have earned at least $2,871 in one of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters, have wages in at least two quarters and total wages within the base period must be at least one and one-half times the highest amount of wages paid in any quarter.

How often do we make contribution payments to The 501 Alliance?

The 501 Alliance provides your agency with a contribution report each quarter that needs to be completed and submitted with your payment or you can complete a report through the web site. Contribution reports and payments are due on the 25th of the month following the end of each quarter.

What should we do if our company didn’t receive our contribution report?

Under the Member Menu on the web site, click on the “Quarterly Contribution Report” link and follow the instructions provided. You can also contact us at 800-968-9675 and we’ll send you a copy.

What should we do if an error was made on a contribution report that has already been submitted?

An amended contribution report needs to be submitted. Under the Member Menu on the web site, click on the “Amended Quarterly Contribution Report” link and follow the instructions provided. You can also contact us at 800-968-9675 and we’ll send you a copy.

What should we do if an unemployment claim or hearing notice is sent to our office?

Fax them immediately to The 501 Alliance at 866-512-7272, so we do not lose our right to protest or appeal the claim on your behalf.

What are the minimum and maximum weekly benefit amounts that a claimant can collect?

The minimum weekly benefit amount is $135 and the maximum is $362.

How do we calculate how much a claimant can collect in unemployment benefits?

Multiply the claimant’s high quarter wages by 4.1% and round down to the nearest whole dollar. Also add $6.00 per dependent up to five dependents. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $117 and the maximum is $362.

How do we calculate the number of weeks that a claimant can collect unemployment benefits?

Multiply the total base period wages by 43% and divide by the weekly benefit amount then round down to the nearest half week. The minimum number of weeks is 14 and the maximum is 20.

What does the term “misconduct” mean?

Misconduct is a wanton and willful disregard of the employer’s interest causing harm to the employer. Mere inefficiency, unsatisfactory conduct or good-faith errors in judgment or discretion are not deemed to be misconduct.

How do I register for the web site?

You will need your UIA Employer Number and you must contact the Administrator at 800-968-9675, ext. 2950 to receive a PIN.

What is the Taxable Wage Base (TWB) for members of The 501 Alliance?

The Taxable Wage Base (TWB) is $9,000 and was reduced from $9,500 effective July 1, 2015.  The TWB was reduced to match the state’s TWB, which was also reduced for the third quarter of 2015.

How do I allow “popups” on my browser to print a report?

In Google Chrome:
  1. At the top right, click on the three dots to the right of the search bar and select Settings
  2. Scroll down and select “Advanced” at the bottom of the page
  3. Under privacy and security, select “Content Settings”
  4. Scroll down to “Popups”
  5. If it doesn’t indicate “Allowed,” click on “Popups” and move the slider to the right to allow popups
In Internet Explorer:
  1. Click on the “Tools” icon, which looks like a gear. Normally by the “Home” icon
  2. Select “Internet Options”
  3. In the dialog box, click on “Privacy”
  4. Under “Popup Blocker” make sure that the box is not checked
  5. If it is, click on the box to remove it and then select “Apply” and then select “Ok”