DOL updates companies’ unemployment reporting

Collection of wage information, reason for separation can now be done online

The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, in an attempt to modernize its reporting features, will enable companies to provide information on separated employees online, it announced Wednesday.

Previously, information on wages and the reason for separation needed to be submitted by U.S. mail.

Employers will continue to receive forms through the mail requesting details about some recent employee separations or to verify wages, but the employer will now send its responses electronically — eliminating the need for most phone calls from adjudication agents.

Employers can now respond at their convenience, within 10 days of the date NJDOL mails its request, without worry over whether this important correspondence got lost in the mail.

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Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said the new functionality will expedite the unemployment process.

Employer Access account 

Employers are encouraged to create an Employer Access account on the Department of Labor & Workforce Development site. On it, employers can report employees who refuse suitable work, review employer and worker contribution rates, download an annual contribution rate notice, as well as file forms NJ-927 and WR-30 online.

“When an employee separates from an employer and applies for unemployment insurance benefits, we must verify the cause of separation and, in certain circumstances, we must receive additional earnings information from the employer in order to confirm the prospective claimant’s eligibility for benefits,” he said.

“Collecting this information online is quicker and more secure than going through conventional mail. This is an enhancement we believe will save employers time and add to their convenience.”

DOL officials said the employer’s responses will help DOL agents determine a claimant’s eligibility for benefits and result in more accurate charges to the employer.

The notice mailed to the employer will provide clear instructions on the information that is needed about the former employee and direct them to the appropriate portal — eAdjudication or eMonetary. Both portals are mobile-friendly and secure to protect employer and employee information.

These resources also are available under the Employer Tools section of the NJDOL’s myunemployment website.