Coverage of Wendy Patton’s Testimony on SUTA Dumping – May 2005

Gongwer News Service - May 3, 2005

SB81 Unemployment Compensation – (Armbruster)

Gongwer News Service

SB81 – To conform state law to federal requirements in the establishment of civil and criminal penalties for manipulating payroll and business transfer information to obtain lower contribution rates in the treatment of Indian tribes as employers.

Proponents who testified in the Senate delivered the same comments to the House panel. Patrick Power of the Department of Job and Family Services outlined the four major components of the legislation. Douglas Holmes, secretary of the Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, noted the U.S. Department of Labor said the bill would meet federal requirements. Kathi Kromer of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations supported enactment of a statute that mirrors the federal model. Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio recommended adoption of two amendments. One would extend in statute to Professional Employee Organizations against schemes to avoid paying unemployment tax. The other would increase penalties for tax advisors who recommend such accounting maneuvers.

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