April 15, 2021


State Issues Delay in Employers’ Q1 UI Payments After Outrage over Solvency Fund Assessment

The Baker Administration has issued emergency regulations to delay the remittance due date for employers’ first quarter unemployment insurance payments.  Employers were notified late Thursday of the change in an email from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). 
Originally due on April 30, 2021, with this delay, payments will now be due on June 1.  Wage filings will still be due on April 30.
This delay will give Beacon Hill additional time to determine a pathway forward as they look to respond to the massive 9.23% Solvency Fund Assessment that came as a shock to employers in their Q1 bills.  As you know, RAM and our members have led the charge in the effort to seek some shared responsibility with the federal and state government, pushing for the use of federal relief funds to help cover a portion of the COVID related claims that have drained the UI Trust Fund.  To read more on that effort, click here

The email notifying all employers is here:


UPDATE - Q1 Contributions Deadline Extension
Dear Massachusetts Employer:

The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) recently issued 2021 Unemployment Insurance (UI) rate notices, which included a tax schedule freeze on schedule “E” for 2021 and 2022. The tax schedule freeze slowed the annual employer contribution growth, on average, per employee.

To provide employers with additional time to prepare for their Q1 contributions, the deadline to pay Q1 contributions for private contributory employers has been extended to Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The Administration is further evaluating the solvency rate increase and will provide more information at a later date.

Quarterly Employment and Wage Detail filings are still due by Friday, April 30, 2021, in order to maintain the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance system and ensure the system can continue paying claimants.

If you have any questions, please contact DUA Employer Customer Service via email at [email protected].
Thank you,
Department of Unemployment Assistance