The RRB is required to report annually to the Congress on the financial status of the railroad unemployment insurance system. The reports must include any recommendations for financing changes which might be advisable, including any adjustment the RRB recommends regarding the rates of employer contributions.
The RRB's 2015 railroad unemployment insurance financial report was generally favorable. Even as projected maximum benefit rates increase 39 percent (from $70 to $97) from 2014 to 2025, experience-based contribution rates maintain solvency. The report also predicted average employer contribution rates well below the maximum throughout the projection period. A surcharge of 1.5 percent is in effect in calendar year 2015. The report projects a 1.5 percent surcharge in 2016 and 2017, with a surcharge of 1.5 percent likely to occur thereafter. No financing changes were recommended by the RRB.