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Sedgwick deflects Q2 2014 jobless claims

August 1, 2014
One hundred thirty-eight CATA dealer members reported a combined 511 unemployment claims during the second quarter of 2014 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 $954,584 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 265 CATA dealers among its clients.
 
The number of claimants and affected dealers and benefit amounts were at their lowest numbers in years. Claims that can be protested and subsequently denied help minimize an employer’s unemployment tax rate. The rate can vary between .55 percent and 8.55 percent of each employee’s first $12,960 in earnings. 
The 2014 average unemployment tax rate & new employer rate for Illinois employers is 3.95 percent, or about $512 annually per employee ($535 in 2013). 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 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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