Employers can now receive and respond to unemployment insurance claims online, saving time, money and potential tax amount increases.
In Idaho, all employers are now required to respond to unemployment insurance claims within seven days.
“If employers fail to respond to unemployment claims, their tax amount will increase,” said Tyler Smith, unemployment insurance technical services specialist.
SIDES / eResponse, the State Information Data Exchange System, provides a free online site for small businesses to respond to state unemployment insurance requests quickly, easily and accurately.
Errors such as incorrect addresses, lost mail or delays can result in employers paying more unemployment insurance than they should be responsible for. These errors are now avoidable by using SIDES.
Q: What online services are available for employers to manage unemployment insurance?
A: Employers can respond to benefit claim requests, report and pay their unemployment insurance taxes and report new hires online, anytime.
Q: How can I respond to claim requests electronically?
A: When former employees file claims for unemployment insurance employers can be notified electronically so they can provide a time-sensitive initial response. Two options are available depending on the size and type of your business.
E-Response is an online exchange system for small business with fewer than 100 employees. Employers receive email notices for any employee-reported separations and benefit claims filed against their business. Each notice includes a website address and personal identification number (PIN) for responding electronically. An online manual is available to guide you through the E-Response enrollment process.
SIDES Data Exchange is an online data exchange system for large businesses with more than 100 employees, state agencies and third party payroll administrators. Report separation information, verify earnings and review potential fees. Save money with faster and more accurate determinations, fewer improper payments and by sharing data between states. Visit the SIDES website for more information or watch a video about using SIDES.
To determine which of the two services would be best for your business, view or download the SIDES and SIDES E-Response Comparison Table.