As the holidays approach and the year winds down, the tendency is to clock out and put off less urgent tasks until the New Year. However, if you buckle down now you can ring in the New Year knowing you are prepared to tackle anything that is thrown your way come January 1.
As the holiday season approaches, students aren’t the only ones who have time off. Teachers, administrators and other school employees also get a break.
Unemployment insurance has the second highest improper payment rate of any federal program in the country. You can blame unemployment fraud for that. Any time someone collects unemployment benefits while knowingly misrepresenting information, they are contributing to improper payments and committing fraud.
Any time an individual misrepresents information for the purposes of collecting unemployment benefits, it is fraud. Sure accidents in reporting can happen. Sometimes mistakes happen because people are uninformed or in a hurry. But sometimes people collect unemployment while knowing they are ineligible and that makes them guilty of fraud. Plain and simple.
The holiday season is almost here: Retailers and other industries will be ramping up and adding holiday seasonal workers to supplement the extra workload.
It is common knowledge that unemployment insurance costs have been on the rise for years – often being in the top three employer tax costs. Many employers spend a great deal of time managing the costs of unemployment once a claim has been filed with the state UI agency, without a thought to how their hiring practices and retention efforts can have a positive effect on their UI costs. Ensuring that you hire strong employees and then treat them well will have a much more dramatic effect on your UI costs than even the most effective claims management program.