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Tennessee Releases 2017-2018 Tax Rate Notice

Tennessee Releases 2017-2018 Tax Rate Notice

TENNESSEE EMPLOYERS: The state has recently mailed out the unemployment tax rate notice for the taxable year 2017-2018. This year the state is using premium rate table six to assign tax rates to employers.

Are you sure that the numbers on the tax rate notice is correct? Should your tax rate be revised? Are the figures used in the tax rate calculation accurate?

Contact us today to see how Dunn Corporate Resources helps ensure that employers recieve the LOWEST POSSIBLE tax rate. We are happy to offer a no-cost analysis of you unemployment tax account to see what savings may be available!

UI Tip – Document, Document, Document!

Unemployment Tip – Document, Document, Document!

Unemployment claims can be difficult to win, especially if the issue at hand is a discharge.  Each state can be a little different in terms of laws and regulations, however they all require one thing in common: documentation. These days, it isn’t enough just to tell the state that someone was “discharged for violating policy.” In fact, it probably isn’t enough to provide a simple write up either!

States are now requiring that employers provide sufficient documentation to prove that the claimant was fully aware of grounds for discharge and deliberately did not follow the rules. The type of documentation that the state is looking for is:

  • A write up of the final incident signed by the claimant and a witness.
  • Any prior write ups, whether they are related to the final incident or not.
  • A well thought out corrective action plan to help resolve the problem at hand.
  • A copy of the specific policy violated.
  • A signed acknowledgement of the company rules/policy/handbook.

Sometimes it can be tough to get an employee to sign a write up, especially when they don’t agree. So here’s an idea: Have the employee write that they disagree, and then have them sign it. Now there is sufficient evidence that a claimant was warned AND that they acknowledged the warning, even though they didn’t agree with it. This type of backup documentation can go a long way, especially if an unemployment claim gets appealed to a hearing.

Keeping these warnings in a chronological order, along with the policies and acknowledgement will absolutely help win an unemployment claim, not to mention an EEOC or Civil Rights claim should one arise.

For more helpful tips on how to proactively fight unemployment claims, take a look at our blog or contact us today!

Benefits Case Study

Case History

In May of 2017, Dunn Corporate Resources had the opportunity to review a benefits plan for an auto dealership with roughly 100 employees. By utilizing a self-funded benefits plan with stop loss insurance, we were able to produce a savings of over $130,000 all while giving the employees better benefits! Employees with families were able to put an extra $400 in their pocket per paycheck, and have better coverage.

At Dunn Corporate Resources, we would love the opportunity to see how we can help! Our seasoned benefits staff are here to answer any questions you may have and can help steer you in the right direction. Contact Us today to see what options are available to your company!

Dunn Does Benefits!

Dunn does Benefits! Creative ideas for small, mid-size, and large companies.

This summer, as the 7-yearlong battle to “repeal and replace” Obamacare raged on, employers and their benefit advisers have been in an uncomfortable position as they struggled to set a strategy for plan renewals and cost control.  At least now we have some certainty.  For the foreseeable future, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be the law of the land.

As all employers are painfully aware, premiums continue to increase year after year!  Part of this is due to the law itself as mandatory coverage must be included in any health plan.  Employers in traditional health plans are often not even aware of where their dollars go, or what their claims activity looks like. Finally, here is some good news: Dunn Corporate Resources has developed benefits programs that give small and mid-size employers the same options as large corporations at an affordable cost!

One of our most effective strategies is to employ alternative options such as self-funding and captive programs. By combining self-funded benefits with stop loss insurance coverage, we can significantly reduce premiums while reducing risk to your organization! Comprehensive reporting allows employers to see exactly where each dollar is being spent AND keep unused dollars in your claim account. By utilizing these options, our clients avoid community rating while leverage group purchasing strength.

Another way to improve your benefits program without increasing costs is to implement a voluntary benefits program.  Critical Illness and Accident policies offer employees a low-cost solution that provides them the cash they will need to meet their deductible and coinsurance if the unforeseen happens.  Dunn Corporate has established a specialty practice in this area with access to industry experts and enrollment services as appropriate.

For more information on how we save employers hard dollars on benefits, contact us today!

UNEMPLOYMENT COST CONTROL

The unemployment tax rate is the only tax rate that YOU can control. From the rising consequences of non-compliance to the erroneous actions made daily by the state, why wouldn’t you want to ensure that you are paying the lowest rate possible? At DCR, we meticulously monitor tax and claim accuracy while taking a proactive approach to claims to effectively safeguard your tax rate.

New legislation continues to be passed, and we know how hard it can be to stay updated. The consequences of non-compliance are becoming a rising problem among employers and subsequently cost them thousands. Our premier services, ranging from initial claims to hearings, will take the burden off of your hands so that you can be sure that nothing slips through the cracks.

Our state-of-the-art computer system is integrated with SIDES (the National Unemployment Insurance State Information Data Exchange System) to ensure expedited and accurate claims responses. This system increases efficiency as it streamlines the information necessary to obtain a favorable ruling, saving the employer both time and money.

Your unemployment tax rate is important to us, and that is why we closely monitor all payments made by state agencies. Erroneous payments occur regularly and undoubtedly lead to higher tax rates. When we continuously audit your benefit charge statements, we guarantee that these mistakes will be protested and accounted for.

Below is an assortment of our service options:

  • Web-based access and tiered services
  • Real-time claims status and account activity reports
  • Educational seminars and workshops
  • Client conferences
  • Analysis and verification of tax rates
  • Voluntary contribution advice
  • Written protests of incorrect tax rates
  • Charges and credits review
  • Protests of erroneous charges
  • Timely claim processing and response
  • Claim form direct mailing
  • Protests and appeals of improper claims decisions
  • Hearings and client preparation

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About Dunncorp.com

Starting in 1986, we were primarily focused on unemployment cost control and tax savings. As our business grew, so did our breadth of services. Through acquisition and partnerships, we now boast an array of services ranging from business and personal financial options to insurance and employee benefits. Our well-rounded portfolio of services has lead to unmatched savings and now serves thousands of clients in all 50 states.

Since the beginning, we have been committed to superior customer service and support. Our job as a full service third party administrator is to make our clients’ lives easier. With our client retention rate at 97%, we can confidently say that we are proud of what we do. By combining our knowledge and expertise with our high quality of service, we strive to accomplish our goal of building long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with all of our clients.