Unemployment Insurance Updates
Lower Tax Rate Schedule for 2017 Rates
The UI trust fund exceeded the $900 million threshold
needed to trigger a lower UI tax rate schedule for 2017.
The UI balance was $980 million on June 30, 2016, the statutory date for measuring
the balance used to determine the required tax schedule for the following year. The lower tax rate schedule is expected to reduce the total tax burden on covered UI employers by an estimated $38 million in 2017.
Pre-employment Drug Testing
Under a new UI initiative, Wisconsin employers may report the name of anyone who either fails or refuses to take a pre-employment drug test that is a condition for an offer of employment. Failing or refusing to take a pre-employment drug test is treated as a refusal of suitable work.
If the claimant fails a pre-employment drug test and agrees to undergo drug treatment and complete a skills assessment, they can continue to collect UI benefits while they address the underlying barriers preventing them from being work-ready.