Allsup cutting some employees' hours

News-DemocratJanuary 27, 2014 

Belleville-based Allsup Inc. will reduce the number of hours some of its employees work as the Social Security Administration is witnessing fewer disability claims reviews, a spokeswoman said.

In a statement released Monday, Rebecca Ray, the company's director of corporate public relations, said the move will not mean layoffs and all employees will continue to receive health insurance benefits and retirement.

However, some employees' work weeks will be cut to fewer than 40 hours.

The number of hours cut will be specific to an individual's job and work load and may not be the same across the board.

"Allsup is adapting to the Social Security Administration's present slowdown in reviewing and awarding disability claims," Ray said in the released statement. "Reduction in hours affects most employees to some degree and varies by job activity."

No one from the Social Security Administration office in Belleville could be reached for comment Monday.

Ray said the cuts will go into effect next month. She could not comment on how many of the company's 600 employees will be affected.

"Allsup remains in full operation with no disruption in the services and support it provides to tens of thousands of customers," she said in the released statement.

Allsup is a nationwide provider of assistance to those seeking Social Security disability and veteran's disability and Medicare services. Belleville-native Jim Allsup founded the privately held company in 1984 as the country's first nationwide, private, Social Security disability claims company.

Last August, the company announced that it was cutting 65 employees as a result of federal budget constraints and changes in the Social Security Administration.

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