By Rachel Lint
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about businesses who are trying to ramp back up after the pandemic but are having a hard time hiring back workers. Some felt that the unemployment benefits may be attractive enough to keep employees from going back to work right away. This may have kept these employers from running their business effectively, but it can also potentially affect their unemployment costs. The longer someone stays on unemployment, the more it may affect the employer's overall unemployment tax rate.
If you have available work and offer it to your laid off employees, what happens If they refuse? Do you have any options or will they continue to stay on your unemployment experience and cost you more money?
When it comes to determining eligibility for unemployment benefits, whether or not a valid job offer was made and refused can play a significant role in the process. There are some basic guidelines most states follow to determine what constitutes a valid job offer. A valid offer typically includes:
Any time a job offer is made and refused, reporting the refusal to the state as quickly as possible is crucial. Any employee filing for unemployment benefits is required to be able, available, and actively seeking work so if suitable work is refused, the state may disqualify them. Based upon our experience,
You should report that a job was refused for the following reasons:
You should not report job refusals to the state if:
Clients of the Unemployment Cost Management services from Equifax Workforce Solutions should reach out to their Equifax Unemployment Service Team for access to state specific information surrounding job refusals.
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