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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The minimum weekly benefit amount is $135 and the maximum is $362.
The minimum number of weeks is 14 and the maximum is 20.
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.
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.
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.
You will need your UIA Employer Number and you must contact the Administrator at 800-968-9675, ext. 2950 to receive a PIN.
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.
In Google Chrome:
- At the top right, click on the three dots to the right of the search bar and select Settings
- Scroll down and select “Advanced” at the bottom of the page
- Under privacy and security, select “Content Settings”
- Scroll down to “Popups”
- If it doesn’t indicate “Allowed,” click on “Popups” and move the slider to the right to allow popups
In Internet Explorer:
- Click on the “Tools” icon, which looks like a gear. Normally by the “Home” icon
- Select “Internet Options”
- In the dialog box, click on “Privacy”
- Under “Popup Blocker” make sure that the box is not checked
- If it is, click on the box to remove it and then select “Apply” and then select “Ok”
What information can I provide to my employees if an imposter claim for unemployment benefits has been filed using their identity?
Please click on the link below for a fact sheet that has been issued by the Unemployment Insurance Agency that provides additional information on protecting yourself from imposter claims.