Equifax Workforce Insights

Four Trends in Wage Audits and Earnings Verifications

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New unemployment insurance (UI) integrity regulations are looking to stem the “pattern of failure” of employers and state agencies to accurately report eligibility requirements. These failures account for $4.15B in improper benefits and overpayments and has helped create 10 states with insolvent unemployment trust funds. A new federal mandate, The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act [Read More…]

King v. Burwell: Subsidies Stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling in the King v. Burwell case stating that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does in fact allow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide Premium Tax Credits, or subsidies, for health insurance provided under the Federal Marketplace. Although the language of the law states that subsidies are [Read More…]

Illinois Budget Deficit Spurs Incentive Cuts

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With a proposed budget deficit of nearly $4 billion for the 2016 fiscal year, the Illinois Governor’s Office has issued a press release which places a hold on certain future incentives for businesses. Effective immediately, the state is suspending all new applications for the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit Program, Large [Read More…]

Tennessee Community Resurgence Job Tax Credit

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To help encourage job growth in impoverished areas of the state, Tennessee has recently passed legislation which enacts the Community Resurgence Job Tax Credit. Effective July 1, 2015, this credit provides $2,500 for each new full-time job created in a high-poverty area. The credit is available to businesses of any industry type which create at [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: SUI Account Consolidations

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Situation All states have unemployment insurance (“SUI”) anti-abuse provisions mandated by the passage of the SUTA Dumping Prevention Act of 2004.  In addition, many states have enacted even more stringent provisions aimed at further preventing manipulation of the joint federal-state unemployment insurance program.  One of these provisions is often referred to generically as an “account [Read More…]

Bulletin: Employment Verifications – Increasing I-9 Compliance

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Increasing I-9 Compliance with Employment Verifications As employment and income verifications continue to increase based on changing lending regulatory requirements, lowered interest rates, and growing enrollment rates in government benefits programs, employers find themselves dedicating more and more resources to fulfilling these verification requests, while keeping their employee data secure.  Many have turned to adopting [Read More…]

North Dakota Joins E-Verify RIDE Program

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that effective Monday, June 15, 2015 North Dakota will become the sixth state to participate in the Records and Information from DMV’s for E-Verify (RIDE) program.  RIDE is an ongoing E-Verify initiative that connects E-Verify with state departments of motor vehicles (DMVs) and state public safety offices.  [Read More…]

Bulletin: Reemployment – “The Hidden Half”

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The Hidden Half In March nearly five million US jobs were open – waiting for the right job seeker to show up, but unemployment was stuck at 5.5%, with over 8 million workers looking and about a third in the doldrums of long-term unemployment. One reason we have millions of jobs and people still stuck [Read More…]

Tom Reed Introduces Permanent WOTC Renewal Bill

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Tom Reed (R-NY) has introduced  H.R.2754  to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) permanent.  While the text of the bill is not yet available, Mr. Reed and his co-sponsor, Charles Rangel (D-NY) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to Congress imploring them to co-sponsor this important bill.  Says [Read More…]

Bulletin: Labor and Employment Compliance – MA Paid Sick Leave Law To Take Effect

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Massachusetts Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect July 1, 2015 As a result of a referendum passed by Massachusetts voters in November of 2014, Massachusetts employers with 11 or more employees must allow workers to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick leave each calendar year, beginning July 1, 2015.  Employers with fewer than [Read More…]