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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 2, 2018 09:28 AM
From: Representative Francis X. Ryan
To: All House members
I am preparing to introduce legislation that would extend the period of time Pennsylvania employers have to apply for relief from charges in the Unemployment Compensation (UC) system.

When a worker is eligible for UC benefits, their base-year employers are “charged” for those benefits. These charges are then factored into an employer’s experience-based tax rate. A larger amount of benefit charges will tend to increase the tax rate. The law already contemplates a number of situations where it may not be fair to charge an employer for benefits paid to a specific worker. For example, it is not an employer’s fault when an employee voluntarily quits to work for a new employer, and then the employee is laid off by the new employer.

In these situations, an employer can request relief from charges. Unfortunately, there is a very narrow 15 day window to request this relief after the employer is notified that the claimant is eligible. If the request is filed after that window closes, the employer can only receive delayed, prospective relief from charges with regard benefits paid to the worker.

My bill will simply increase the window for an employer to request relief from charges from 15 to 30 days. Since relief from charges can be a complex request to make, this will provide some additional time for employers to contest these charges - which can impact the amount of UC taxes the employer has to pay.

This bill does not affect eligibility for benefits or the amount of benefits paid to the worker in any way. When an employer receives relief from charges, the eligible worker continues to receive benefits – a challenge to a claimant’s eligibility is a separate matter.

I hope you will join me by cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB2458