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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Expands Efforts to Uncover Employer Fraud

 

Employers use Practices to Avoid Paying Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Tax Premiums

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud such as intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.”

These practices are typically used to avoid paying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development focuses on Tax and Insurance Fraud in the Construction Industry

 

Measures Encourage Fair Competition For Tennessee Businesses

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is taking new measures to ensure employers in the construction industry are protecting workers who are injured on the job or need unemployment benefits.

Legislation that became effective July 1st, 2013 gives the Department the authority to issue civil penalties against construction service providers who have avoided workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee adopts Second High School Equivalency Test

 

New HISET™ and Revised GED® Start in 2014

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Beginning January 2nd, 2014, out-of-school youth and adults who are pursuing a high-school equivalency credential will have another test option to improve their earnings potential.

Tennesseans will have a choice of taking either the new 2014 GED® test or an alternative high school equivalency test designed by Educational Testing Services called HiSET™.

Tennessee is one of several states that are adopting the new test due to changes in the GED Exam.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee Unemployment Rate 8.5 Percent for June, 2013

 

Temporary Education Layoffs Account For Large Share Of Employment Decrease

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June is 8.5 percent, which increased two tenths of one percentage point from the May revised rate of 8.3 percent.

The national unemployment rate for June 2013 was 7.6 percent, unchanged from the previous month.

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Clarksville Area Job Fair to have over 40 Employers Participating

 

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) announced he has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Labor, and the City of Clarksville, to host a job fair for the people of Montgomery County and surrounding areas.

The fair, which will include over 40 employers looking to hire, is scheduled for July 9th at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Liberty Park from 10:00am until 2:00pm. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Unemployment Rate for May was 8.3 Percent

 

Tennessee Experiences Spike in Number of Unemployed as New Entrants, Reentrants, and Dislocated Workers Return to the Job Market

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced the Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May was 8.3 percent, which increased three tenths of one percentage point from the April revised rate of 8.0 percent.

The national unemployment rate for May 2013 was 7.6 percent, increasing by one tenth of one percentage point from the previous month.

Tennessee Unemployment for May 2013

Tennessee Unemployment for May 2013

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Tennessee Department of Labor Reduces Unemployment Claim Backlog and Opens Access to Self-Service Delivery

 

Organizational Changes Lead To Improvements In Customer Service

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is announcing improvements in two key performance measures that affect unemployment benefit service delivery.

Organizational changes have been made resulting in greater access to self-service features and a reduced backlog of those who have applied for unemployment. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee County Unemployment Rates for April 2013

 

Rates Decrease in Sixty-Two Tennessee Counties

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee County unemployment rates for April 2013, released today, show the rate decreased in 62 counties, increased in 23, and stayed the same in ten.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.4 percent, up from 6.2 percent in March. Davidson County also increased from 6.2 in March to 6.5 in April.

Tennessee Unemployment April 2013

Tennessee Unemployment April 2013

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Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts’ Legislative Update

 
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Joe Pitts

Nashville, TN - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced that the 108th General Assembly passed legislation that continues the funding of unemployment benefits for spouses of military personnel who leave their jobs to transfer to a new assignment.

Funding for the program for the current fiscal year was nearly exhausted, prompting the legislative action.

“We’re pleased the General Assembly approved appropriation for this benefit to trailing spouses for the remainder of this fiscal year as well as for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2013,” said Phillips. “This action shows support of our military families and we hope lessens the stress that goes with active duty transfers.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Unemployment Insurance Program Plagued by Overpayments and Delayed Benefits

 

Tennessee ComptrollerNashville, TN – The $1.2 billion unemployment insurance program administered by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has made overpayments exceeding $73 million due to fraud and errors over the last six years.

State auditors found that the department’s internal controls for the program were ineffective or non-existent, resulting in overpayments of claims due to fraud or error.  The department’s efforts to review fraudulent claims and claims paid in error and to collect overpayments were also strained.  The department has only been able to collect 23 percent of the overpayments on average. «Read the rest of this article»

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