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Martin Boyer deflects unemployment claims

November 23, 2010

One hundred fifteen CATA dealer members reported a combined 431 unemployment claims to the Martin Boyer Co. during the fourth quarter of 2001. The company's efforts saved those dealers a total of $736,528 in benefits by contesting the claims.

Martin Boyer monitors any unemployment claims against its clients. About 200 CATA dealers are clients of the company.

The 431 claims filed last quarter compared to just 289 in the fourth quarter of 2000, said Paul Schardt, senior vice president of Martin Boyer.

"Quits and discharges were up only about 25 percent last quarter, but layoff claims tripled. This may be attributable to the closing of some Oldsmobile dealerships, downsizing and the slowing economy," Schardt said.

Claims that can be protested and subsequently denied help minimize an employer's unemployment tax rate. The rate can vary between .06 percent and 6.8 percent of each employee's first $9,000 of earnings. The average unemployment tax rate among Illinois employers is 3.1 percent, or $279 annually.

"The unemployment tax is really the only controllable tax, in that it's experience- driven," said Schardt. An exemployee's claim affects the employer's tax rate for three years.

Client fees amount to $2.10 per employee, per fiscal quarter. For the fee, Martin Boyer monitors all unemployment claims, files any appeals, represents the client at any hearings, verifies the benefit charge statements and confirms the client's unemployment tax rate.

Martin Boyer has represented CATA members since 1979. To discuss retaining the company, call Schardt at 312- 456-6241.