April 12, 2016
Governmental entities are required to pay for unemployment claims in one of two ways:
You pay this tax in advance, at a set rate, based on your wages and unemployment record. The funds go to the state’s unemployment compensation pool to pay benefits on all statewide employees. Rates are based on a combination of the overall risk of the unemployment pool and the individual employer’s experience. Any balance remaining in an employer’s account participating in the state unemployment pool is non-refundable and owned by the state.
This option is available only to governmental entities and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. It began in 1972 when a federal law recognized that these organizations, on average, pay more than their employees claim in benefits and thus subsidize higher turnover industries, such as retail and manufacturing. With this alternative, an employer is only liable for the actual amount of unemployment claims paid to former employees. Opting out of the state tax pool usually saves a lot of money – often 30 – 50% – but this choice does subject your organization to potential risks. The largest risks come from budget reductions, the triggering of extended benefit programs and unstable job markets. In effect, the law allows these organizations to self-insure their unemployment claims.
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NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.
It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.
Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.
Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.