Unemployment Insurance: Managing Key Issues in the Response to the Implications of the Coronavirus

Duration 90 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW21E0530

  • 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)

Overview of the webinar

Unfortunately, UI tax liabilities are only the most obvious risk created by employee separations and unemployment insurance claims.  Unemployment insurance claims often expose organizations to other potential liabilities: from wage and hour violations for misclassifying independent contractors to providing plaintiffs with discovery opportunities in other employment litigation settings. Thus, effective management of your organization's unemployment insurance experience provides you with significant opportunities. From improving your organization’s talent management results and its hiring and on-boarding processes, effective UI management can enhance your organization’s performance management activities, establish sound discipline and termination procedures, and reduce its exposure to discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. Effective UI management activities will additionally help your organization assess human capital risks, measure supervisor and manager performance, more accurately allocate resources and have a positive impact on the bottom line. Thus, while UI tax liabilities are the most obvious risk created by employee separations and unemployment insurance claims activity, they increasingly expose your organization to other potential liabilities and increasingly become the starting point for more detailed employment compliance management issues. UI-related activities now often represent the initial stages of increasingly more intense analysis of your employment policy and practices that can result in significant liabilities.

Who should attend?

  • HR professionals
  • Unemployment insurance staff
  • Managers and supervisors
  • CFOs
  • Internal auditors
  • Compliance officers
  • Risk managers

Why should you attend?

More than 40 million Americans have become unemployed because of COVID-19. This represents a catastrophic employment disruption and is a significant loss of employment talent. In response, more than 1 in 5 American workers have filed for unemployment insurance benefits. For employers, this has caused significant potential liability, and 2021UI tax rates are significantly higher than they have been in a number of years. Importantly, the depression level unemployment caused by the coronavirus will cause unemployment tax rates and liabilities to increase drastically in 2022. In this environment, employers should take the necessary steps to identify and manage future UI tax liabilities. Understanding the key elements of your unemployment insurance experience can provide your organization with important information about its financial and human resource management decision-making process.  

Faculty - Mr.Ronald Adler

Ronald Adler is the President-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a veteran-owned, human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking strategic HR-business issues and unemployment insurance issues. Mr. Adler has more than 39 years of HR consulting experience working with U.S. and international firms, small businesses and non-profits, printers, insurance companies and brokers, and employer organizations. 
Mr. Adler is an internationally recognized thought leader on HR auditing and is the developer the Employment-Labor Law Audit™ (ELLA®), the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool. He is an adjunct professor at Villanova University’s Graduate Program in Human Resources Development and teaches courses on HR auditing and HR management. He is also a certified instructor for the CPCU Society and conducts courses on employment practices liabilities.
Ronald has served on two national task forces developing professional standards in human capital measurement and performance management. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves as a subject matter expert (SME) to SHRM on HR metrics and workplace issues.
He is a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Chamber’s unemployment insurance subcommittee. Mr. Adler has also been a member of the U.S. Chamber and its Labor Relations Committee. 


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05-28-2021 - Unemployment Insurance.pdf
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