One hundred sixty CATA dealer members reported a combined 535 unemployment claims during the fourth quarter of 2008 to Cambridge Integrated Services Group, Inc., which formerly operated as the Martin Boyer Co. The company’s efforts saved those dealers a total of $1.41 million in benefits by contesting the claims.
Cambridge monitors any unemployment claims against its clients and contests all unwarranted claims and charges. The company counts about 230 CATA dealers among its clients.
Claims that can be protested and subsequently denied help minimize an employer’s unemployment tax rate. The rate can vary between 0.6 percent and 6.8 percent of each employee’s first $12,300 in earnings. The 2009 average unemployment tax rate among Illinois employers is 3.1 percent, or about $381 annually per employee.
"The unemployment tax is really the only controllable tax, in that it’s experience-driven," said Paul Schardt, senior vice president of Cambridge. An ex-employee’s claim affects the employer’s tax rate for three years.
For new enrollees, client fees amount to $2.20 per employee, per fiscal quarter. For the fee, Cambridge monitors all unemployment claims; files any appeals; prepares employer witnesses for hearings, as necessary; represents the client at any hearings; verifies the benefit charge statements; and confirms the client’s unemployment tax rate.
The former Martin Boyer Co. has represented CATA members since 1978. To discuss retaining the company, call Schardt at 312-381-8241 or Bruce Kijewski, who manages client services, at 312-381-8236.