The Notice of Experience Rating Charges shows unemployment insurance (UI) benefits:
Review these notices carefully because these charges could increase your UI rate in future years.
Non-profit organizations, government entities and Indian tribes that have chosen the benefit reimbursement option should review the Notice of Benefit Reimbursement Charges to ensure:
Q: Why is there a charge to my account? An employee left my company some time ago under conditions that should disqualify them from receiving benefits.
A: We base a claimant’s eligibility to receive benefits on the reason for separation from the last employment prior to filing the claim.
Q: This employee did not work for me long enough to qualify for UI benefits. Why is there a charge to my account?
A: The claimant had other employment that was also used to establish the valid claim. The last employer the claimant worked for, before filing a claim for benefits, is charged for the first seven weeks of benefits paid to the claimant. The remaining weeks of benefits charged to employers are prorated among all of the base period employers the claimant worked for.
Q: The claimant only worked for us on a part-time basis. Why is there a charge?
A: The law does not distinguish between full-time, part-time, seasonal, probationary or temporary employment for UI purposes.
Q: We just bought this company. This claimant worked for the prior owner. Why is there a charge to my account?
A: The claimant worked for the prior owner whose business you acquired. By law, you are chargeable for benefits paid to the prior owners' former employees.
Q: This claimant worked for us almost two years ago and left us to work in another state. Why is there a charge now?
A: The claim was filed in another state under the Interstate Plan for Combining Wage Credits. It is an agreement between several states, including New York, which permits claimants to use employment in more than one state to establish a benefit claim. Claims are subject to the laws of the state where they are filed. We receive quarterly billings from the paying state for New York's share of benefit payments. Then we charge the account of the New York employer.
Q: The amount of money we were charged seems to be more than what we paid. Why is this?
A: We charge the first seven full weeks of benefits to the account of the claimant's last employer before filing the claim. After that, we charge benefits to the accounts of base-period employers proportionally. Charges are in proportion to the ratio of wages each employer paid the claimant during the base period to the total base period wages.
Q: The claimant worked for us during weeks for which we were charged at the full benefit amount. What should we do?
A: Contact the Telephone Claim Center within 10 days of the Commissioner's original Notice of Potential Charges (LO 400).
Q: The claimant had worked for us on a full-time basis and now works part-time. Why is there a charge?
A: Partial benefits can be paid for any week when the claimant works no more than three days and earns no more than the maximum benefit rate. This is currently $420.
Q: My business is no longer in operation. Why is there still a charge?
A: Even though you closed your account, you will continue to receive charge notices for your review if we pay benefits to your former employees.
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