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Unemployment Services Trust

Unemployment Services Trust

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) was created by nonprofits for nonprofits, to help save up to 60% on their unemployment costs through lower rates and expert claims monitoring. Annually, UST saves members more than $35 million by mitigating improper unemployment charges against their organizations.

PO Box 22657
Santa Barbara, CA 93121-2657

Contact

Lisa Barber
Direct line: (888) 249-4788

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Human Resources

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About Unemployment Services Trust

Last year, UST found $3,532,485.26 in potential Unemployment Cost Savings for 200+ nonprofits.

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) was created by nonprofits for nonprofits, to help save up to 60% on their unemployment costs through lower rates and expert claims monitoring. Annually, UST saves members more than $35 million by mitigating improper unemployment charges against their organizations.

How does it work? UST helps nonprofits take advantage of a federal law that allows 501(c)(3) organizations to opt out of the state’s tax-rated unemployment system and instead pay dollar-for-dollar only for the unemployment claims of their former employees. In addition, UST administers all claims to detect any irregularities, improper charges, or inaccuracies to help reduce the number of claims you see each year. If a claim goes to the hearing level, your local hearing representative will attend with you – which has helped our members experience an average 80% win rate. In addition, a live HR hotline and template library gives your Human Resource staff the ability to stay in compliance with ease and avoid costly legal counsel. The online employee training courses such as harassment or workplace safety are also included with your membership, which as one member put it, “saved me more than $12,000 in training software.”

UST has been helping nonprofits since 1983, and currently has over 2,000 members.

UST is a grantor trust, owned by its members. The typical participation cost is less than 10% of total account deposits. Upwards of 50% of all members participate for free each year because investment income has offset their proportional participation costs.

There is no enrollment fee if referred from this website.

If you have 10 or more employees, find out if you could save by filling out a complimentary Savings Evaluation. Visit http://www.ChooseUST.org/501COMMONS and use the Priority Code: 2014501COMMONS. Or, contact us to learn more.

Background Info.

Subsector Experience

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Community development
  • Disability issues
  • Economic development
  • Employment and training
  • Environment
  • Faith-based
  • Healthcare
  • Housing and homelessness
  • International NGOs/nonprofits
  • LGBT issues
  • Mental health/Substance abuse
  • Nonprofit sector issues
  • Philanthropy
  • Research
  • Senior services
  • Small grassroots organizations
  • Social services - general
  • Sports and recreation
  • Volunteerism

Fee Structure

  • Other: Based on nonprofit's size, payroll, and claims history

County Availability

  • All WA Counties

County Experience

  • Benton
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • Pierce
  • Spokane
  • Yakima

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