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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with DeGroot Management Services, Inc. (DMS) to Perform Unemployment Cost Control Services (Human Resources Division)
Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is self insured for Unemployment Compensation Insurance (UCI), a state-mandated program that requires employers to pay either insurance premiums or the actual cost of unemployment claims to the state. In an effort to mitigate the UCI costs, HCPS has contracted with DMS since June 2003. DMS services include verification of the accuracy of unemployment benefit charges assessed against HCPS, representation of HCPS at unemployment hearings, training of staff as needed, and production of management reports. As a result of these services, HCPS has continued to reduce its number of unemployment claims. This agreement is for the period of July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.

Year                    Claims Paid            Claims Saved by HCPS
2012-2013           $1,216,081.50       $   558,924.47
2013-2014           $   785,071.50       $   427,341.51
2014-2015           $1,213,738.99       $   643,062.99
2015-2016           $     97,556.23       $   337,719.53
                                Total Savings:   $1,967,048.50
• Continuously improve processes and systems • Establish a strong foundation of financial stewardship • Demonstrate "best practices" in all aspects of safety: student, employee, visitor, facility, transportation, and health
Funds in the amount of $18,500.00 will be available in the 2017/2018 divisional budget, effective July 1, 2017.  For tracking purposes, the project number specific to this agenda item is 9999.
Quarterly reviews are conducted by the Department of Employee Benefits and Insurance to evaluate Claims Paid and Claims Saved reports.
SUBMITTED BY:  Marie E. Whelan, Ed.D., Interim Chief Human Resources Officer
Dr. Tracy Schatzberg, General Manager of Employee Benefits and Insurance
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.05
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170613_814 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.05