Friday, 20 September 2013 03:51

SUB-Pay Plan Basics

Introduced by the IRS in 1956, a SUB-Pay Plan is a unique type of severance plan designed to assist employees engaging in an involuntary termination due to a reduction in force, job elimination, reorganization, or similar circumstance. SUB-Pay Plans save payroll tax dollars and enable a company to utilize their paid-in asset of state unemployment taxes to supplement state unemployment insurance (“UI”) benefits with separation pay. When combined, these benefits can provide the laid-off worker with up to 100% of their pre-layoff wage.

With the prolonged effects of a troubled economy, a state’s ability to keep its unemployment insurance (“UI”) trust fund solvent is a challenge. When states exhaust their UI trust funds and borrow from the federal government to pay UI benefits, the results can extend to decreased UI benefits, a decreased amount of UI benefit weeks and an increase to the rate by which employers are taxed for federal and state unemployment taxes.

Whether the results of a merger, acquisition, business realignment or economic downturn, U.S. companies have been faced with the hard reality of restructuring, downsizing and staff reductions. In this business environment, many companies are reviewing their severance policies as a top priority, surprisingly; most severance plans have remained essentially unchanged for years. As a result, companies are missing significant cost-saving opportunities.

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