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Sedgwick deflects Q2 2016 jobless claims

July 15, 2016
One hundred fourteen CATA dealer members reported a combined 379 unemployment claims during the second quarter of 2016 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 $895,587 in benefit charges by contesting the claims. 
Recent quarterly claims were as high as 949 in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Sedgwick CMS 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 0.55 percent and 7.75 percent of each employee’s first $12,960 in earnings. 
The 2016 average unemployment tax rate & new employer rate for Illinois employers is 3.55 percent, or about $460 annually per employee ($486 in 2015). 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," 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.
To discuss retaining the company, call Schardt at (773) 824-4325 or Bruce Kijewski at (773) 824-4322.