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Unemployment Insurance Code - UIC

DIVISION 1. UNEMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITY COMPENSATION [100 - 4751]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1953, Ch. 308. )
  

PART 1. UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION [100 - 2129]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1953, Ch. 308. )
  

CHAPTER 4. Contributions and Reports [901 - 1243]

  ( Chapter 4 enacted by Stats. 1953, Ch. 308. )
  

ARTICLE 3. Contribution Rates [976 - 995]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1953, Ch. 308. )

  
982.  

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), no employer shall be eligible for a contribution rate of more or less than 3.4 percent for any rating period unless his or her reserve account has been subject to benefit charges during the period of 12 complete consecutive calendar quarters ending on the computation date for that rating period and he or she is qualified under Sections 977 and 977.5.

(b) No new employer shall be eligible for a contribution rate of more or less than 3.4 percent unless his or her reserve account has been subject to benefit charges during the period of 12 complete consecutive calendar months ending on the computation date and the new employer is qualified under Sections 977 and 977.5.

(c) For the purposes of this section “new employer” means any of the following:

(1) An employer who first qualifies as an employer after the 1969 calendar year, and whose account is continuously subject to benefit charges from the date of first chargeability, except that a successor employer under Section 1051 is not a new employer if the successor applies for or obtains the transfer of the reserve account or part thereof of a predecessor who is not a new employer.

(2) An employer whose entire reserve account has been transferred to a successor under Article 5 (commencing with Section 1051) of Chapter 4 of this part.

(3) An employer whose reserve account has been canceled pursuant to Section 1029.

(d) Section 905 applies to a new employer, except that for the purposes of this section “average base payroll” means:

(1) The payroll in the calendar year immediately preceding the computation date for a new employer with a payroll only in that calendar year.

(2) The quotient obtained by dividing by two the total amount of taxable wages paid by a new employer during the most recent period of two consecutive calendar years immediately preceding the computation date, for a new employer with a payroll only in each of, or only in the first of, the two consecutive calendar years.

(e) The contribution rate of an employer, for any period prior to January 1, 1988, shall not be changed, other than by the provisions of Sections 977 and 977.5, when the director makes a determination, pursuant to Section 135.1 or 135.2, because of arrangements entered into or business activities conducted between January 1, 1984, and January 1, 1986.

(f) This section does not apply to an employer assigned the maximum rate pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 977.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 827, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2005.)