Arkansas suspends charging of UI benefits suspended
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Arkansas suspends charging of UI benefits suspended

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has suspended the charging of benefits to Arkansas employers. Executive Order 20-54 suspends the method by which UI contribution rates and reimbursement amounts are calculated under §11-10-701 during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Reserve ratio. When computing an employer’s reserve ratio as of June 30, 2020, the Division only will include chargeable regular benefits from July 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020, and will exclude chargeable regular benefits from April 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020. When the Executive Order expires, reserve ratios will be recalculated according to the law in effect at the time.

Reimbursement amount. In computing the reimbursement amount for nonprofit organizations and government employing units as of December 31, 2020, the Division only will include chargeable regular benefits from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, and will exclude chargeable regular benefits from April 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020, When the Executive Order expires, reimbursement amounts will be recalculated according to the law in effect at the time.

The Executive Order expires on February 21, 2021, unless renewed (Executive Order 20-54, 12/29/2020).

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