Update on 2016 Federal and State Unemployment Insurance Issues

Duration: 90 Minutes
This webinar provides an update on federal and state UI issues, discusses 2016-2017 state tax liabilities, assesses the risks and costs associated with UI taxes and benefits, and discusses effective UI tax management and cost control techniques.
Federal and State UI Issues
Instructor: Ronald Adler
Product ID: 501687
While 2016 state UI tax rates are lower than they were during the recession, many employers still have significant liabilities. UI tax liabilities are the most obvious risk created by employee separations and unemployment insurance claims. Unfortunately, unemployment insurance claims also increase organizations' exposure to other potential liabilities: from wage and hour violations for misclassifying independent contractors to providing plaintiffs with discovery opportunities in other employment litigation settings.

Effective management of your organization's unemployment insurance experience can provide you with the opportunity to improve your talent management results, improve your hiring and on-boarding processes, enhance your performance management and discipline procedures, and reduce your exposure to discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. Effective UI management allows your organization to use UI metrics to assess human capital risks, measure supervisor and manager performance, more accurately allocate resources, and have a positive impact on the bottom line.

Objectives of the Presentation
  • Gain an understanding of key Unemployment Insurance issues
  • Discuss the strategic issues of employment stabilization and employee separation management
  • Learn to identify and assess the risks associated with the Federal-State UI Program
  • Discuss the financial implications of UI liabilities
  • Learn how Sound HR management practices reduce an organization's exposure to UI liabilities and costs
  • Identify and use UI Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Learn key elements of UI claims administration
Why Should you Attend
Unlike other human resource management issues, unemployment insurance (UI) management issues have a direct impact on an organization's tax liability. Unlike other payroll taxes, UI taxes are experience-rated and represent a controllable expense. Thus, an organization's UI experience, influenced by its success in managing turnover, separations, and chargeable UI claims, provides an objective measure of human resource management effectiveness.

This interrelationship between human resource management and financial management stems from the unique nature of the nation's UI program. The UI program is a joint federal-state partnership under which benefits in the form of a temporary, partial wage replacement are provided to unemployed workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. The program attempts to draw a relationship between benefit entitlement and wages earned, and between an employer's benefits liability and the amount of wages paid by that employer. Within broad federal guidelines, each state is allowed to determine its taxing methods and benefits program.

The UI program is financed by two employer-paid UI taxes: A flat-rated federal tax and an experience-rated state tax. (NOTE: Governmental agencies and certain nonprofits are exempt from the federal UI tax. They may also elect to reimburse the state dollar-for-dollar for the UI benefits collected by their separated employees in lieu of paying the state's experience-rated tax).

Cost control of the federal UI tax is achieved through the use of financial management techniques. Cost control of state UI taxes is achieved through a combination of financial and human resource management activities. Cost control of an individual employer's UI taxes and liability is achieved by stabilizing employment, by taking advantage of tax saving provisions in the law, by using effective hiring, employment, and firing procedures, by training supervisors on proper UI management, and by implementing effective UI claims-hearing administration and management reporting systems.

Through effective UI cost management, organizations can control their UI tax liability and have positive impact on their financial results.

Who will Benefit
  • HR professionals
  • Payroll Managers
  • UI Specialists
  • Operations Managers
  • CFOs
  • Risk Managers
  • External and Internal Auditors
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Instructor Profile:
Ronald Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a veteran-owned, human resource management consulting firm in Rockville, Md., specializing in HR audits, employment practices risk management, benchmarking and HR metrics, strategic HR, employee surveys, and unemployment insurance issues. Mr. Adler has more than 42 years of HR consulting experience working with U.S. and international firms, small businesses and non-profits, insurance companies and brokers, and employer organizations. Mr. Adler is a consulting expert on work force, employment practices, and unemployment insurance issues to Bloomberg BNA, HR Magazine, and other publications and newspapers across the country. His research findings have been used by the Federal Reserve Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business, insurers, and international organizations.

Mr. Adler is the developer of the Employment-Labor Law Audit™ (ELLA®), the nation's leading HR auditing and employment practices risk assessment tool, and is a frequent lecturer and author on HR management and workplace issues. As an adjunct professor at Villanova University, Mr. Adler teaches graduate courses on HR auditing. He is also a certified instructor on employment practices and insurance issues for The CPCU Society, has conducted continuing professional education courses for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on "Assessing Employment and Personnel Policies," and has conducted continuing professional education courses for SHRM, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Institute of Management Consultants.

As a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Mr. Adler has served as a subject matter expert (SME) to SHRM on HR metrics and formerly served on SHRM's Human Capital Measurement/HR Metrics Special Expertise Panel. He has also served as a consulting expert on workplace issues to SHRM's legislative staff, has contributed materials for The SHRM Academy and the SHRM Learning System, and has represented SHRM in meetings with the EEOC.

Mr. Adler has also served as an appointee to the State of Maryland Legislative UI Committee. Additionally, he belongs to the Institute of Internal Auditors, chaired the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's UI Subcommittee and served as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Labor Relations Committee.

Mr. Adler holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University


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