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Greetings, Employers!

  • A Message From UIA Tax Director Darryl Hunter

    Happy Thanksgiving! As the holidays are approaching, UIA will continue working hard to make sure you are all set for the New Year. For your convenience, we have listed important year-end dates and information in this newsletter. Please make sure that you file all missing reports and pay or make payment arrangements for all outstanding wage payments to avoid additional penalty fees and charges. 

    We have received numerous inquiries regarding how benefit payments are calculated as it relates to employer accounts. For a thorough review, please refer to Section 29(5) of the Michigan Employment Security Act or the UIA Employer Handbook.

    Always review the accuracy of the following letters. If you immediately respond with discrepancies, your journey will be easier!

    • UIA 1575E - Monetary Determination
    • UIA 1136 - Weekly Statement of Benefit Charges
    • UIA 1713 - Request for Information

    Finally, if you would like to suggest articles or topics for this newsletter or would like to nominate your company to participate in Michigan Employer Advisor Focus Group, please send a message to UIA-EmployerAdvisor@Michigan.gov.

Employer and Benefit Charges

UI Employer and Benefit Charges for Separated Workers

  • Many employers inquire about whether they are responsible for paying unemployment benefit charges when an employee quits. Uncertainty arises when, in some cases, an employer receives a UIA Form 1575E (Monetary Determination) and discover the former employee has filed for benefits. Under some circumstances, benefits could potentially be paid from the employer's account.

    When a worker becomes unemployed and files a claim for benefits, the UIA notifies the worker's last employer and each of the previous employers on the base period of the claim of potential charges to the online employer's account. The base period is defined as the first four of the last five calendar quarters prior to the employee's filing.

    After a claim is filed, the employer in the base period will receive the UIA 1575E letter. This letter shows who filed for unemployment benefits, the reason they were separated from the employer and when their benefits begin.

    All Employers should immediately review each UIA 1575E letter for accuracy. If the employer notices that the reason the employee left the job is inaccurate,
    the employee did not work for the employer, the employee is still working full-time or any other conflicting information, it is important that the employer protests the determination by the due date written on the letter.

     

Weekly Statement of Benefit Charges

  • Weekly Statement of Benefit Charges

    Additionally, employers receive a weekly letter titled UIA 1136 (Weekly Statement of Benefit Charges). This letter shows the claimant(s) receiving benefits under their account, if the claimant(s) are reporting any earnings, and what is being charged on the employer's account. Employers must review these letters to see if an active employee is reporting all their earnings accurately. If an employer recognizes any inaccuracies, they must file a protest immediately and within the allotted time.

    When a protest is received because of inaccuracies on either letter, the UIA will request additional information from both parties. The employer will receive a UIA 1713 (Request for Information) letter. Employers are required to verify the claimant's employment status or will be asked to provide the claimant's weekly earnings for every week it is suspected they worked and collected benefits. An employer's failure to respond may result in overpayments not being properly identified and may have the potential to adversely impact the employer's Unemployment Insurance tax rate.

    Important to remember

    Employers must review all incoming letters from the agency to verify that the correct employees are filing for or receiving benefits, reporting their earnings, if applicable, and protesting those that are incorrect. Employer communication with UIA is essential to reduce and even prevent benefit overpayments and unnecessary charges to your UIA employer account.

Upcoming Key Dates for Employers

Upcoming Key Dates for Employers

  • November 24, 2021

    Potential Tax Rate Increase Due to Missing Report(s) (Form UIA 1761) were mailed November 9th. Employers have 15 days to submit all missing report(s) to avoid a three percent non-reporting penalty added to your 2022 tax rate.

    November 25-26, 2021

    Offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    December 13, 2021 - January 3, 2022

    • UIA will begin assigning 2022 tax rate for employers beginning in December; There will be no tax rate modifications during this time.
      • Any request to change the 2022 tax rate must be posted to your online account by 5:00 p.m. Friday December 10, 2021.  
      • The existing tax rate cannot be changed.
      • Financial adjustments during this period will not result in any tax rate changes for you.
      • No new tax rates or tax rate redeterminationswill be generated during this time period.
      • All late missing or amended reports submitted during this period will be held until January 3, 2022. Thereafter, the reports will automatically be posted to the employer's account.
      • New employer account numbers will be assigned but no tax rate will be assigned until after January 3, 2022.

    December 30, 2021

    • The annual Form UIA 1771, Tax Rate Determination for Calendar Year 2022 will be mailed.
    • The 2022 taxable wage base will remain at $9,500.

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