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Sedgwick deflects 2011 Q4 unemployment claims

February 3, 2012
One hundred forty-eight CATA dealer members reported a combined 732 unemployment claims during the fourth quarter of 2011 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 nearly $1.5 million in benefits by contesting the claims. 
Sedgwick CMS monitors any unemployment claims against its clients and contests all unwarranted claims and charges. The company counts about 250 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 0.55 percent and 9.45 percent of each employee’s first $13,560 in earnings. The 2012 average unemployment tax rate among Illinois employers is 4.35 percent, or about $590 annually per employee ($480 in 2011).
“With the downturn in the economy, unemployment remains at record highs (9.9 percent in Illinois through August) and a drain on the Illinois Department of Employment Security trust fund, markedly higher tax rates for 2011 and probably for a couple of years after that,” said Paul Schardt, a Sedgwick senior vice president.
“The unemployment tax is really the only controllable tax, in that it’s experience-driven,” Schardt said. An ex-employee’s claim affects the employer’s tax rate for three years.
For new enrollees, client fees amount to $2.60 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.
To discuss retaining the company, call Schardt at (773) 824-4325 or Bruce Kijewski at (773) 824-4322.