UC Issues Update Newsletter
Summer 2011
Volume 14 | Number 2
In This Issue...
Unemployment Compensation Management System Update
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is implementing the new Unemployment Compensation Management System (UCMS) in 2011. All employers and their representatives will be notified by mail as UCMS components become available for their online use.
 
You can find more information about UCMS, including changes in electronic filing of quarterly reports. Here is some information about the transition to the new UC system.
  • Most forms will change as the department transitions to the new system. Some paper forms are being phased out and replaced by electronic filing options. Other paper forms are being redesigned to be scanned and available to UC staff as electronic images.
     
  • Invoices for reimbursing employers will be generated within the new system. The billing period will change, and all reimbursable billings will be issued on the 10th of the month.
     
  • From here, select "UC Wage and Tax Information Filing Letter" for details about tax services; select "Electronic Reporting Handbook" for changes to the electronic filing requirements for the quarterly tax reports; or select "Understanding the Employer Tax Portion of UCMS" for detailed information on how to use the new tax services features.
     
  • Employers' benefit charge statements and relief-from-charge and separation notices are part of the final phase of the new system.
Real-Time Labor Market Information
The Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA) has introduced several new types of real-time labor market information in its Fast Facts publication. This information consists of help-wanted online ads, new hires and job spidering. The data is more current than other traditional types of labor market information.
 
Help-wanted online ads information provides insight into the labor market through the world's largest database of online job ads. By counting online job postings, which are classified by industry, occupation and geographic area, this data is used by workforce and economic development professionals to help people find jobs, determine training needs and identify emerging industry and occupational trends.
 
New hires information shows where and in what industries hiring is taking place as an indication of what sectors of the economy are experiencing growth or decline. The data comes from the federal New Hire Reporting Program, which requires employers to report their new hires within 20 days. Although company and individual data are confidential and cannot be reported, data is aggregated and used by local workforce and economic development professionals for determining emerging industry trends and targeting reemployment services for the unemployed.
 
Job spidering is a tool that allows job seekers to review thousands of online jobs from dozens of websites in one location. Job seekers can search by employer, location, occupation, salary and education level and apply for jobs. The tool is free to the public and is available from CWIA's website.
 
For more information please go to www.paworkstats.state.pa.us and select Pennsylvania Fast Facts or job spidering links. (Fast Facts is CWIA's premier publication, which contains a quick snapshot of Pennsylvania's many different labor market and economic data resources.)
Employers Can Post Job Openings for Free
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry's PA CareerLink® website can assist you and your business. If you are looking to maintain or increase your workforce in Pennsylvania, the website provides multiple services that are available to all employers.
 
As an employer, you can establish a company profile that enables you to:
  • Create, manage and monitor job postings
  • Receive and review resumes from qualified applicants in your particular area or region
  • Display your company logo and create a link to your website
  • Quickly register online for workshops, job fairs and other events
In addition, the website allows you to obtain information on business assistance programs, licensing/permit information, workforce programs and other economic development assistance.
 
A list of events sponsored through this website, many of which are for the general public and do not require registration, may be viewed on the website as well.
 
You may also visit the PA Work Stats website to access labor market information including wage data by industry and occupation, current and future employment trends, school-to-work transitioning information, and more. The website also contains documents which provide step-by-step guidance for actions you may perform on this website.
Videophone Service for the Deaf
The Office of Unemployment Compensation Benefits (OUCB) now offers videophone services for claimants who are deaf. The service is available from noon to 4 p.m. every Wednesday by calling (717) 704-8474 from any videophone.
 
Videophone technology is fast replacing cumbersome text telephone (TTY) machines. This service, which uses a state-registered American Sign Language interpreter, enables deaf individuals to communicate directly with an unemployment compensation claims representative rather than going through third party providers (such as video relay services) for real-time, efficient UC service.
 
Individuals who are deaf may use the videophone service to file claims for unemployment benefits, ask questions about their claims or get information about UC programs. OUCB is pleased to report that this service has been a success and is very appreciated throughout the deaf community.
 
UC Issues Update is published by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry on a quarterly basis. Questions, comments and feedback can be sent via email to
uc-news@pa.gov or to Patrick T. Beaty, Deputy Secretary for UC Programs, 651 Boas St., Room 1700, Harrisburg, PA 17121-0750. General UC Tax information is available by calling (717) 787-7679 or outside of the Harrisburg area, toll free
(866) 403-6163 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding UC benefit charges to your account, please call (717) 787-4677 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you suspect fraud, contact (800) 692-7469.
 
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