Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Q4 2017 unemployment claims deflected

January 26, 2018
One hundred forty-six CATA dealer members reported a combined 1,302 unemployment claims during the fourth quarter of 2017 to Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., which has been serving CATA dealers under various names since 1979. The company’s efforts saved those dealers a total of $1,327,596 in benefit charges by contesting the claims.
By comparison, there were 331 unemployment claims at member dealerships during the year’s first quarter.
Sedgwick, Inc. monitors any unemployment claims against its clients and contests all unwarranted claims and charges. The company counts about 235 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 0.525 percent and 6.925 percent of each employee’s first $12,960 in earnings.
The 2018 average unemployment tax rate & new employer rate for Illinois employers is 3.225 percent, or about $418 annually per employee ($447 in 2017). The rate continues to inch down from 2007, as the Illinois economy continues to improve.
"The unemployment tax is really the only controllable tax in business, in that it’s experience-driven," said Paul Schardt of Sedgwick. An ex-employee’s claim affects the employer’s tax rate for three years.
For new enrollees, client fees amount to $2.85 per employee, per fiscal quarter. For the fee, Sedgwick 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.
For more information and information on how to retain Sedgwick’s unemployment services, contact Bruce Kijewski at (773) 824-4322 or


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