House Bill 5170

House Bill 5170

Topic: Employer Determination Process
Sponsor: Representative Joseph Bellino (R)
Introduced: October 24, 2017
Status: Enacted December 21, 2017
Effective Date: Immediate

ISSUE WITH CURRENT LAW: The Agency’s process for employer determinations was confusing, time consuming, and ineffective.

WHAT THE NEW BILL DOES:

  • An employer receives a determination if the employer fails to provide timely and adequate information in response to the Agency’s request(s) for information.
  • To receive a determination, an employer must (a) fail to respond 5 or more time to requests for information OR (b) fail to respond to equal to or greater than 2% of all the requests received during the prior calendar year.
  • Benefits paid to a claimant as a result of the employer’s or employer’s agents failure to provide timely or adequate information must be charged to the employer’s account and the employer’s account must not be credited.

HOW THE NEW BILL HELPS CLAIMANTS:

  • The bill seeks to achieve a balance in the system by holding employers accountable for their interactions with the Agency.
  • The bill enables claimants to collect unemployment benefits even if their employer fails to respond to Agency’s requests for information.