PALM HARBOR, FL – (November 13, 2015) – The Louisiana Workforce Commission partnered with Geographic Solutions, Inc. to launch the country’s first integrated solution that combines the state’s labor exchange and unemployment insurance (UI) operations into one system on November 9, 2015. Louisiana implemented the Geographic Solutions Unemployment System (GUS) to its existing Virtual OneStop system, known as Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE), becoming the first of its kind among workforce systems in the United States.
With the addition of the GUS module, HiRE is now a fully-functioning system that provides for new and continued claims filing, claims adjudication, benefit payment and overpayment maintenance, employer charges maintenance, and appeals filing and maintenance. It generates all federally required reports, as well as state specific reports that the Louisiana Workforce Commission needs to provide its services. The system also provides accounting reports to ensure that all expenditures are accurate and applied to the correct accounts.
The HiRE system also has improved services for job seekers, allowing them to file new and continued claims for unemployment benefits, file appeals of determinations, and search for job opportunities on a single website. Employers can respond to requests for separation information, maintain their unemployment account, as well as file appeals. Employers can do all of this while still being able to perform recruiting efforts for new employees.
In addition to making services for claimants more efficient, the combined system improves Louisiana Workforce Commission’s ability to identify improper benefits payments to claimants not actively searching for work or who have been employed within the claim period. The HiRE system was designed to get job seekers employed at a faster rate, allowing for Louisiana’s UI Trust Fund to be depleted less quickly and resulting in a decrease in tax rates for employers who fund the system.