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Sedgwick deflects dealers' 2012 Q4 unemployment claims

February 1, 2013
One hundred fifty-four CATA dealer members reported a combined 578 unemployment claims during the fourth quarter of 2012 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 more than $402,000 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 260 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 .55 percent and 8.95 percent of each employee’s first $12,900 in earnings. The 2013 average unemployment tax rate among Illinois employers is 4.15 percent, or about $535 annually per employee ($590 in 2012). It marks the first time since 2007 that the average Illinois unemployment tax rate declined the following year.
 
“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.
 
 

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