Partnership Symposium Awards Leaders in Economic Development

SWIBThe South Carolina Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) hosted its 15th annual Partnership Symposium, May 13-15 at the Westin Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island.

The Symposium served as an opportunity to honor business leaders for their impact on the development of the Palmetto State’s workforce and offered an opportunity for attendees to learn tips about how to help businesses succeed by providing them with a skilled workforce. The conference theme was Building Blocks for Business Success Through Workforce Development.

Each year, the SWIB recognizes outstanding businesses, volunteers, Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB), and SC Works Centers.  Awards are also given to Workforce Investment Act (WIA) participants from local workforce investment areas (LWIAs) around the state, acknowledging them for their diligence and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to complete training and obtain self-sustaining employment.  This year’s SWIB honorees included:

  • WIA Youth Achievement – Latoya Monroe (Trident LWIA) and Deanna Nowlin (Pee Dee LWIA)
  • Outstanding WIA Alumnus – Katina Dansby (Upper Savannah LWIA) and Frank Duncan (Upstate LWIA)
  • Outstanding Workforce System Partner – Florence County Library System (Pee Dee LWIA) and Carl Streeter, SCDEW Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (Trident LWIA)
  • Outstanding Business Partner – WEB Electric (Santee-Lynches LWIA) and Viva Recycling of SC (Trident LWIA)
  • Outstanding SC Works Center – SC Works Dorchester (Trident LWIA) and SC Works Cherokee (Upstate LWIA)
  • Outstanding SC Works System Local Employee – Lynn Hall, SC Works Cherokee (Upstate LWIA)
  • Outstanding SC Works System State Employee – Pat Sherlock, Workforce Development Director (SCDEW) and Mary jo Schmick, Local Operations Manager (SCDEW)
  • Outstanding Local Workforce Investment Board – Pee Dee LWIB
  • Outstanding LWIB Member – Reginald Murphy (Midlands LWIB)
  • Workforce Development Lifetime Commitment (posthumous) – Danny E. Allen (Upstate LWIB)
  • Outstanding SWIB Member – R. Michael Johnson, Cox Industries

During the SC Workforce Investment Board Partnership Symposium, three businesses were also recognized. The following employers received the Palmetto Workforce Partnership Award which acknowledges S.C. businesses for the jobs they provide and the many contributions they make to their local communities:

  • Small Business Winner (0 – 50 Employees):  Sportsman Boats Manufacturing (Trident LWIA)
  • Medium Business Winner (51 – 500 Employees): The Urban Electric Company of North Charleston (Trident LWIA)
  • Large Business Winner (501+ Employees):  Cooper Standard – Spartanburg Plant (Upstate LWIA)

All awardees were presented with a plaque and poster to commemorate their accomplishments.

The SWIB is a 31-member board appointed by the governor and includes business leaders, members of the General Assembly, local elected officials, workforce partners and representatives of community-based organizations. The goal of the SWIB is to create a competitive workforce advantage for South Carolina by ensuring that a quality and effective workforce system exists in order to improve the lives of all South Carolinians.

 

Integrity Law to Help Boost Unemployment Insurance Program

A new law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley last month will improve the integrity of South Carolina’s unemployment insurance system.

The legislation (H.3751, Act 70), which imposes federally mandated requirements, includes the following:

• A 25 percent penalty will be applied to a claimant’s fraudulent overpayment;

• If an employer establishes a pattern of non-response, and overpayments result due to the non-responses, then the employer’s account may be charged. (The SC Department of Employment and Workforce will release further information and educational materials for all employers covering this topic);

• A revision to the definition of “new hire.”

“These measures will ultimately help restore the unemployment insurance trust fund and keep future unemployment taxes low for the state’s businesses,” Haley said in a release announcing the legislation.

The new law applies to overpayments determined by the agency after October 21, 2013.

DEW is committed to a multi-pronged marketing campaign to explain the new requirements to all businesses in the state. Only businesses that demonstrate a pattern of responding in an inadequate or untimely manner will be at risk of increasing their unemployment tax rates.

The agency is optimistic that this required change will reduce the number of overpayments associated with separation issues, which accounted for 33 percent of all overpayments in calendar year 2012.

Save time by responding via SCBOS

Businesses are encouraged to use South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) to respond to DEW’s fact finding inquiries regarding claims. This electronic response system reduces the probability of missing claims due to mailing issues and also allows businesses to respond faster from any computer in the world. Electronic responses are received by the agency significantly faster than traditional paper responses.

Learn more about SCBOS and sign up for a free account here. To get answers to some common questions about DEW-related filings, visit this page.

You can also take advantage of free online classes that explain the step-by-step process for filing with SCBOS. Check out the calendar of upcoming sessions.

SCBOS’s Help Center will take your questions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Call 803.898.5690 or visit this page to email or live chat with a representative.

South Carolina’s 2013 Industry Projections

 Improving the Crystal Ball

Each year, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) estimates industry employment changes occurring throughout the state’s 12 workforce investment areas.

In years past, DEW’s Labor Market Information Department (LMI) used federally mandated projections software to develop industry projections. These projections use many different data sources and mathematical models to make an educated prediction. However, LMI realized that this data could be greatly improved by bringing in local perspectives.

LMI invited local workforce area representatives, educators and economic developers to review industry projections and share their first-hand knowledge of expansions, new businesses, layoffs, and hard-to-fill jobs to make sure that what comes out of the projections are as accurate as possible.

“This is the first time an attempt was made to ensure locals were given the opportunity to add input in an in-person, one-day review process,” said Brenda Lisbon, LMI director.

The most recent report lists occupational and industry projections for the 2010-2020 time frame.

Utilizing the Crystal Ball

Projections can be useful to many audiences including economic developers and employers.

Economic development professionals use employment projections throughout their daily activities. They rely on projections to identify and understand future economic trends. Based on these understandings they can prioritize the most important economic development activities and allocate resources efficiently.

Employers may find employment projections useful when making decisions about where to focus their resources when considering decisions like relocating, building new sites or making expansion plans.  New employers may use this data to know how their staffing patterns relate to current and future trends.

Check out these highlights from this year’s industry and occupational projections for the health care and social assistance industry.

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 Want to know more? Check out the most recent industry and occupational projections under the Employment and Wage data tab here.

Wage and Contribution Reports Due July 31

Second quarter Wage and Contribution reports and tax payments are due July 31.

We offer two convenient methods for you to file online through either SC Business One Stop (SCBOS) or the South Carolina Automated Tax System.

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DEW encourages all single account filers to use SCBOS. Filing with SCBOS will also allow you to pay your taxes electronically. Please call 803.898.5690 or contact the SCBOS Help Desk if you need assistance navigating through the SCBOS system.

For more information about filing Wage and Contribution Reports click here.

Dial Direct to DEW Tax Representatives

Got a question about your Quarterly Wage and Contribution reports? Need more information about the statement you received in the mail?

Representatives at DEW’s Tax Division in Columbia can be reached by calling 803.737.2400, Option 3.  You may also send an email to UI-Tax@dew.sc.gov.

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Our team is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays to answer questions about your account and provide up-to-date information.

Get a general overview of unemployment taxes by visiting this page. Learn about submitting reports and payments electronically through SC Business Onestop (SCBOS) here.

Coming Soon: Schedule a Payment on SCBOS Plus More New Features

SCBOSlogoFiling your Quarterly Contribution and Wage reports with DEW soon will be even easier thanks to a series of new features on SC Business One Stop (SCBOS).

Starting in June, you will be able to schedule an electronic funds withdrawal for unemployment tax payments. This feature enables you to complete the filing in advance and schedule payment on the appropriate date.

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Respond to Audit notices online: Announcing a New Tool for Businesses

SCBOSLooking for a faster way to turn in your Wage Audit notices to DEW?

Now you can forego hardcopies and mail by filling out the notice through SC Business One Stop. The Internet Response Module for Employers, commonly referred to as IRME, allows you to submit this important information in a quick, easy manner.

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