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Unemployment claims deflected

November 16, 2010

One hundred twenty-eight CATA dealer members reported a combined 533 unemployment claims during the first quarter of 2008 to Cambridge Integrated Services Group, Inc., formerly named the Martin Boyer Co. The company’s efforts saved those dealers a total of $1.17 million in benefits by contesting the claims.

Cambridge monitors any unemployment claims against its clients and contests all unwarranted claims and charges. The company counts about 230 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 0.8 percent and 7.2 percent of each employee’s first $12,000 in earnings.

The 2008 average unemployment tax rate among Illinois employers is 3.4 percent, or about $408 annually.

"The unemployment tax is really the only controllable tax, in that it’s experience-driven," said Paul Schardt, senior vice president of Cambridge. An ex-employee’s claim affects the employer’s tax rate for three years.

Client fees amount to $2.20 per employee, per fiscal quarter, or $440 a year for a dealer with 50 employees.

For the fee, Cambridge 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.

The former Martin Boyer Co. has represented CATA members since 1979. To discuss retaining the company, call Schardt at 312-381-8241.