Today is Round-Up day for all the news that has crossed my desk since our last round-up at the end of November.
- California: The Employment Development Department has announced the 2015 unemployment insurance contribution, employment training tax (ETT) and state disability insurance (SDI) withholding tables and rates. The UI table in effect for 2015 is Schedule F+. The UI and ETT wage base remains $7,000. The ETT rate is 0.1%. The SDI withholding rate is 0.9% and the taxable wage base is $104,378. The maximum to withhold for each employee for SDI is $939.40.
- Chicago, Illinois: The City Council has passed an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019. July 1, 2015 it will increase to $10 per hour. To $10.50 on July 1, 2016. It will increase to $11 on July 1, 2016. Then on each July 1 it will increase $1 per hour until it reaches $13 per hour on July 1, 2019
- Kansas: The 2015 income tax withholding tables have been released. They apply to wages paid on or after January 1, 2015.
- Maine: The Maine Revenue Services has released the 2015 Maine employer withholding guide.
- Maryland: The state’s 2015 SUI rates will show an increase from 2014. Table B will be used with rates ranging from 0.6% to 9.0%. The SUI wage base will remain $8,500 for 2015.
- Nebraska: The unemployment tax rates will range from 0.0% to 5.4% for 2015. The wage base will remain $9,000.
- New Mexico: The state unemployment insurance rates for 2015 will be computed based on a new benefit ratio system and will increase to a range of a minimum of 0.33% to a maximum of 6.4%. The taxable wage base will remain $23,400 for 2015.
- New York: New York has issued the New York State and Yonkers withholding tables for wages paid on or after January 1, 2015.
- South Dakota: The 2015 Unemployment Insurance rates are based on a new lower rate schedule and will range from 0.0% to 9.5%. The SUI taxable wage base will increase to $15,000. This is up from $14,000 for 2014.
- Washington: The Department of Labor & Industries has announced the final workers’ compensation insurance premiums will increase by an average of 0.8% for 2015. This is lower than the proposed 1.8% increase that was made in September of this year.