Monthly Archives: June 2012

FAQ Friday – Who really pays for unemployment insurance?

Q: Is unemployment insurance deducted from my paycheck?

Employers actually pay the payroll tax that finances unemployment insurance benefits and when a former employee leaves a job and starts to collect benefits, the employer’s payroll tax rate increases accordingly, even though that employee no longer works for their firm. Some unemployment insurance claimants continue to collect benefits long after they returned to work because they believe they paid into the fund and think they are entitled to the money. When that happens, they end up getting charged with fraud instead.

Employers – Seven Ways to Lower Your Unemployment Taxes

One: Report Your New Hires. Make us part of your hiring routine. Help prevent $5 million in fraudulent claims and lower your tax rate by reporting your new hires to the Idaho Department of Labor within 20 days. You can report online or just add your employee’s start date and your employer identification number to the bottom of the W-4 and drop it off, fax or mail it in. It’s easy. It saves money. And everyone benefits. Learn more at

Two: Respond Quickly to Unemployment Claims. Oftentimes unemployment insurance overpayments can be easily avoided when employers respond to claims filed by former employees in a timely manner. Continue reading

The Effective Job Search: Think Like an Employer

by Sharon O’Toole, Workforce Consultant, Canyon County

If you are like most job seekers, the whole hiring process can be confusing. When you are looking for a job, the most valuable thing you can know is what really works. Start by trying to look at the hiring process from the hiring manager’s perspective as they review resumes:

Will this applicant meet my needs?

What the manager needs to know the most is whether or not you have the skills and knowledge to do the job effectively. If your resume is not targeted specifically to the position you seek, you skills may seem  unrelated. If the employer is hiring a plumber, being an electrician, no matter how skilled, won’t do. If a salesperson is needed, the employer will not be interested in a secretary. That’s why it’s so important to identify and feature transferable skills. Carefully select skills and accomplishments from your list that speak directly to your ability to do the job.

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