Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Sedgwick deflects Q2 2018 jobless claims

August 10, 2018
One hundred forty-four CATA dealer members reported a combined 505 unemployment claims during the second quarter of 2018 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 $1.35 million in benefit charges by contesting the claims.
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 Bruce Kijewski 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 Kijewski at (773) 824-4322 or Bruce.Kijewski@Sedgwick.com.
 
 

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