- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $33,012.00-$51,835.00 Yearly
A Contributions Specialist I is the intermediate level of work reviewing unemployment insurance liability issues and sending review determinations to employers to inform them of their liability located in the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Division, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Employees in this classification do not supervise other Contributions Specialists but may provide advice and guidance to Contributions Associates and support staff.
Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from a Contributions Specialist Supervisor or other designated supervisory personnel.
Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.
The Contributions Specialist I and the Contributions Specialist II are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Contributions Specialist I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed. The Contributions Specialist II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.
Determines employer liability to pay Unemployment Insurance Tax, under Labor Unemployment Article 8, following established Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law, standards, procedures, rules and regulations;
Assesses type of ownership and business entity by reviewing the Combined Registration Application and other account information;
Explains and interprets Maryland State tax laws governing Unemployment Insurance to employers and employer representatives;
Develops written correspondence notifying employer of liability or non-liability and rights of appeal;
Communicates verbally and in writing with internal and external customers throughout the State of Maryland and in out-of-state agencies when employers protest unemployment tax liability within Maryland because liability has been established in another state;
Prepares and maintains documents to open and close employer accounts, and to record changes in name and liability;
Obtains work and wage information from claimants and employers to establish an earnings record in cases of complicated disputed claims;
Reviews and makes determinations regarding disputed claims, re-determinations, and protest letters;
Examines, researches and resolves employer protest and delinquency notices;
Receives, researches and responds to employer inquiries regarding charges to their Experience Rate account;
Analyzes, assigns, calculates and adjusts employer tax rate;
May assist employers in completing the Quarterly Unemployment Insurance Contribution Report;
May give technical advice to employers, employer representatives, and local unemployment offices regarding benefit charges;
Performs other related duties.
Skill in the application of unemployment insurance law, standards, procedures, rules and regulations;
Skill in the use of standard office equipment, such as fax machine, photocopier, calculator, personal computer, printer;
Ability to learn federal and Maryland Unemployment Insurance laws, and Code of Maryland Regulations Title 9, Subtitle 32;
Ability to learn the specific unemployment insurance areas: employer liability to pay unemployment insurance tax, correct assignment of employer tax rate, appropriate benefit charges to employers’ accounts and accuracy of past due Quarterly Contributions Reports based on federal and Maryland Unemployment Insurance laws and Code of Maryland Regulations Title 9, Subtitle 32;
Ability to exercise sound and impartial judgment in analyzing facts, evidence and precedents, evaluating such information, and drawing valid conclusions from documentary evidence in making sound decisions;
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with internal and external customers;
Ability to learn new computer applications and computer systems;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Education: An Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university.
Note: Candidates may substitute four years of general clerical experience on a year-for-year basis for graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and three years of experience gathering information used to render determinations related to unemployment insurance contributions; or rendering determinations involving unemployment insurance claims, such as disputed claims, appeals and overpayments for the required education.
Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.
This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System. All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions. Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.
This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G, Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes. As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.
Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation. An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.
This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series. NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series. In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.