Pre-Employ Blog

President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 Includes FUTA Tax Increases

Posted by admin on April 19, 2013

As part of his deficit reduction plan, President Barack Obama recently released his budget for fiscal year 2014. One of the most important elements for employers to take note of are raises on federal unemployment tax (FUTA) rates. The president's near- and long-term fiscal vision is increasingly focused on reducing state debt to the federal government, and employers may need to chip in more to settle accounts resulting from loans made to states to pay jobless benefits.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Unemployment

Job Creation Falls to Low Point in March

Posted by admin on April 12, 2013

January and February started 2013 off with a bang in terms of job creation, but the last month of the first quarter of the year was certainly a let down. March job creation was well below the expectation of many market analysts, and even with the unemployment rate dipping slightly, the lackluster hiring performance, with some pointing the finger at budget cuts.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Background Checks, Unemployment

State Lawmakers Consider Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Reform

Posted by admin on April 09, 2013

Citing hundreds of millions of dollars in debt owed to the federal government, a coalition of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have proposed a number of changes to overhaul the state's unemployment insurance (UI) program that would modernize laws to tighten regulations and save the Badger State money.

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Topics: Wisconsin, HR Compliance, Unemployment

February employment up more than 230,000 jobs

Posted by admin on March 11, 2013

The economy got a big boost in the early stages of the year after new government job data showed February employment increases well above analyst predictions. As a result, the unemployment rate dropped to four-year low.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Background Checks, Unemployment

Strippers considered employees in Kansas, eligible for unemployment insurance

Posted by admin on February 07, 2013

Take it all the way back to Sodom and Gomorrah and the world's oldest profession may be an exotic dancer. They were immortalized in the ruins of Pompeii and have thrived in the entertainment industry to this very day. But now for the first time ever, if strippers find themselves out of work in Kansas, they can claim unemployment insurance after a state court ruling decided they can be legally considered employees.

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Topics: Unemployment