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TOP STORY: Why Is Indiana Saying No to Federal Unemployment Insurance Funding?

The Indiana Chamber has been striving for the past few years to have the state of Indiana implement a work share program. Those efforts have inexplicably fallen on deaf ears. Now, Washington is throwing a lifeline to states that failed to act previously. But Indiana is saying no to the program – and no to the federal funds and [...]

2020-05-15T14:15:46-04:00May 15th, 2020|

Why Is Indiana Saying No to Federal Unemployment Insurance Funding?

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana has failed to enact work share legislation multiple times in recent years. Now, with Washington throwing a lifeline to states that failed to act previously, the state is saying no once again – to the program and the federal funds and economic stimulus that comes with it. “Our state government leaders are showing exemplary leadership in [...]

2020-05-15T09:34:28-04:00May 15th, 2020|

Chamber Priority Bill Provides Unemployment Insurance Solution; Health Care Matters Take Center Stage

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law During the Great Recession from 2007-2011, the state paid out on average $1.1 billion per year in unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, with 2009 being the worst year with more than $1.8 billion in benefits paid. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that put all employers [...]

2020-03-27T15:02:58-04:00March 27th, 2020|

Final Sprint: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2020 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date coming as early as Wednesday. A collection of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week and are headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, we are pushing for language from [...]

2020-03-06T12:30:07-05:00March 6th, 2020|

Senate Pensions and Labor Committee Passes Key Unemployment Insurance Bill

HB 1111 – Unemployment Authored by Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) Sponsored by Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) Provides a new schedule of rates for calendar years after December 31, 2020. Provides new contribution rates for calendar years after 2020. The bill reduces the number of schedules from nine to five. It also locks in rates through 2025 – currently Schedule [...]

2020-02-21T12:34:39-05:00February 21st, 2020|

Labor Relations: House Labor Committee Hears Unemployment Insurance Bill

HB 1111 – Unemployment Insurance Rates Authored by Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) Provides a new schedule of rates for calendar years after December 31, 2020. Provides new contribution rates for calendar years after 2020. The bill reduces the number of schedules from nine to five. It locks in rates through 2025 which currently are in Schedule E – what [...]

2020-01-17T12:51:51-05:00January 17th, 2020|

Key Wage Assignment Fix and Unemployment Insurance Changes

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * At the Chamber’s request, Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) carried SB 99, which allowed for a wage assignment for the rental of uniforms. The U.S. Southern District Court determined that while the Indiana code permits deductions for the “purchase” of uniforms, [...]

2019-05-15T11:04:25-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Stops Unemployment Insurance Tax Increase

The federal government considers Indiana’s current unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund balance of $650 million to be insufficient. The fed’s calculations show that Indiana should be somewhere between $1.7 and $1.8 billion. Moreover, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) calculates that the state’s balance will be around $1 billion by the end of 2020 based upon current forecasts [...]

2019-03-29T12:11:01-04:00March 29th, 2019|

New Approach Taken by Bill Authors on Chamber Priority Asbestos Litigation Bill; Chamber Concerned With Key Cap Removal Related to Unemployment Insurance

House Bill 1181 – Asbestos Litigation Authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) This bill is a streamlined version of what was presented at the onset of session last year. Gone is the provision regarding the statute of repose for the Indiana Product Liability Statute. It now focuses solely on having individuals disclose during legal proceedings what trusts they have [...]

2019-01-29T09:44:48-05:00January 18th, 2019|

Labor Relations: DWD Delivers Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Update

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently presented an unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund update to the Interim Study Committee on Labor and Employment. DWD reminded the committee that structural changes were made to the system in 2011, that Schedule E ratings are mandated through 2020 and that the federal loan was paid off in June of 2016.  [...]

2018-09-28T12:34:20-04:00September 28th, 2018|