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R994. Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance.

Rule R994-311. Governmental Units and Indian Tribes.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R994-311-101. Governmental Unit and Indian Tribe Requirements.

(1) Governmental units and Indian Tribes described in Subsection 35A-4-311(1) will pay contributions in the same manner as other employers under Section 35A-4-302 unless they elect to become reimbursable employers which are liable for payments in lieu of contributions. A governmental unit or Indian tribe that elects to become a reimbursable employer pays to the Department an amount equal to the regular benefits and all of the extended benefits paid to former employees. These reimbursements for benefits paid and other amounts due are payable monthly. Reimbursable employers do not pay any administrative expenses of the unemployment insurance program.

(2) This state, as required by 35A-4-204(d)(ii), shall reimburse the Department for all regular and extended benefits paid for service performed in the employ of this state.

R994-311-102. Definition of Governmental Units and Indian Tribes.

Section 35A-4-311 applies to governmental units including any county, city, town, school district, or political subdivision and instrumentality of the foregoing or any combination thereof and political subdivisions or instrumentalities of the State of Utah or other states as provided by Subsection 35A-4-204(2)(d) and Indian Tribes. A political subdivision or instrumentality of a state or county, city, town or school district is a subdivision thereof to which has been delegated certain functions of that state, county, etc. Examples of governmental units to which this section applies are county water conservancy districts, state universities, city fire departments, and associations of county governments. The provisions of this rule do not apply to federal agencies.

R994-311-103. Effective Period of Payments by Contributions or Reimbursement.

(1) Initial Election

A governmental unit or Indian tribe electing to become a reimbursable employer must make a written election within 30 days after the organization becomes subject to the Act. Under Subsection 35A-4-311(1)(e) the Department may, for good cause, extend the 30 day period within which the election is made. This initial election remains in effect for at least one full calendar year.

(2) Subsequent Elections

A governmental unit or Indian tribe may elect to change from the contributions to the reimbursement method or from the reimbursement method to the contributions method. To be consistent with the principle of Subsection 35A-4-311(1)(d), changes from one method to the other will remain in effect for at least two calendar years. Any election to change from one method of payment to the other must be made in writing no later than 30 days prior to January 1 of the year for which the change is requested. Under Subsection 35A-4-311(1)(e) the Department may for good cause waive the 30 day period within which a change from one method to the other is requested. As provided by Subsection 35A-4-311(3), the Department may terminate the reimbursement status if the governmental unit or Indian tribe is delinquent in filing Form 794, Insured Employment and Wage Report, Form 3H Employer's Quarterly Wage List, making the reimbursement payments, or paying any other amounts due.

R994-311-104. Liability of a Governmental Unit or Indian Tribe When Changing the Method of Payment.

A governmental unit or Indian tribe changing from the reimbursement to the contributions method must reimburse the Department for benefits paid on wages earned during the time the organization was a reimbursable employer. Example: A governmental unit was a reimbursable employer during 2003 and 2004. For 2005 the organization elects to pay contributions. If a former employee receives benefits in 2005 based on wages paid by the organization in 2004, the organization must reimburse the Department for the benefits based on the 2004 wages. The organization must also pay contributions on the 2005 wages. If this organization changes back to the reimbursement method in 2007, any benefits received by a former employee which were based on wages paid in 2006 would not be subject to reimbursement since contributions have been paid on those wages.

R994-311-105. Reimbursable Employer's Liability for Benefits Paid.

(1) The reimbursable employer's liability is limited to the amount of benefits paid to the claimant. The employer may also be required to pay interest, penalty, and collection costs on past due amounts.

(2) The employer is not liable for benefits overpaid as a result of agency error or a Department decision which is later reversed unless the reversal was due in whole or in part to the failure of the reimbursable employer to provide complete and accurate information within the time limits established by the Department.

(3) Any benefits established as an overpayment, except overpayments due to the failure of the employer to provide information as provided in subparagraph (2) above, will be deducted from the employer's liability or, at the Department's discretion, refunded as the overpayment is recovered.

(4) If a claimant continues working part-time for a reimbursable employer and had other employment during the base period, the reimbursable employer may be eligible for relief of charges if all the requirements of Subsection R994-401-302(1) are met.

R994-311-106. Records of Benefits Paid.

The Department will maintain records of benefits paid to former employees of reimbursable employers for five calendar years. Such records will include the name and social security account number of each employee, the week for which payment is made, and the amount of each payment.

R994-311-107. Monthly Billing of Benefits Paid.

The Department will send a monthly billing to the reimbursable employer if any benefits have been paid to former employees. The billing will include the name and social security number of each claimant, the amount of the payment to each claimant on the basis of wages paid to him by the reimbursable employer in his base period, any adjustments to prior benefit charges, and the total amount paid to all such claimants during the previous calendar month.

R994-311-108. Charter Schools.

(1) In order to be recognized by this state as a charter school, a school must apply with the Utah State Charter School Board. Charter schools recognized by the Charter School Board are considered to be public schools within the state's public education system.

(2) If a school desires to be eligible for election as a reimbursable employer under Section 35A-4-311, it must verify its status as a school within the state's public education or higher education systems. A charter school must provide evidence it has a current charter with the State Charter School Board.

KEY

unemployment compensation, government corporations

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 1, 2007

Notice of Continuation

June 17, 2019

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

35A-4-311


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R994, please contact the promulgating agency (Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.