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Cambridge deflects unemployment claims

November 15, 2010

One hundred fifty-six CATA dealer members reported a combined 1,164 unemployment claims during the first quarter of 2009 to Cambridge Integrated Services Group, Inc., which formerly operated as the Martin Boyer Co. The company’s efforts saved those dealers a total of $1.64 million in benefits by contesting the claims.

Cambridge monitors any unemployment claims against its clients andcontests 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.


"These numbers were based on experience prior to July 2008. With the downturn in the economy, unemployment at record highs (9.1 percent in Illinois) and a drain on the Illinois Department of Employment Security trust fund, we can expect markedly higher tax rates for 2010 and probably for a couple of years after that," said Paul Schardt, a Cambridge senior vice president.

For new enrollees, Cambridge 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.