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Course Description: UI 101 - Unemployment Insurance Overview

What Minnesota employers need to know…

This dynamic seminar will give you clear answers to your toughest questions. You'll learn the best practices on how to manage unemployment issues in your workplace and gain the knowledge you need to deal with unemployment issues quickly and decisively. The presenters will explain how your Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax rates are determined, how an applicant's benefits eligibility can affect your business, what you can do to prevent unnecessary charges to your UI account and much, much more.

You will learn:

  • They've been bad; you must be good: important follow-up you must do once you've dismissed a problem worker - you'll win more decisions with the information presented!
  • How detailed, accurate documentation can save your company money in the long run.
  • The costly mistakes managers make when they file an unemployment appeal or raise an issue and how to avoid them.
  • Covered versus non-covered unemployment: Who's in, who's out and why?
  • Step-by-step instructions for using the Employer Online Self-Service System and why you need to know how it functions.
  • The most important new unemployment legislation and how it could affect your business.
  • Tips to help you avoid common mistakes in submitting quarterly wage detail reports.
  • Are your Independent Contractors really independent?
  • Do family members working in my business need UI coverage?

Who should attend:

Human resource professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys, accountants, consultants and others who are interested in learning about their rights and responsibilities under the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Law. This seminar is designed to satisfy the needs of the relatively inexperienced HR employee, the veteran staffer who wants to brush up on some critical knowledge, or the business owner who simply wants more information about UI regulations.

About The Presenters:

Gary Johnson, Employer / Agent Liaison - Gary has over 27 years of experience in the complex discipline of Unemployment Insurance; seven years of which working as a Tax Auditor and the past eighteen-plus years in the areas of communication, education and electronic commerce as a Project Coordinator and Employer/Agent Liaison with the Unemployment Insurance Division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Gary also coordinates the Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership.

Aaron Tell, Communications/Outreach - Aaron has extensive experience providing education and training of Unemployment Insurance (UI) information to employers and people requesting unemployment benefits. Duties also include gathering feedback from UI customers in user-testing sessions and then applying that information along with user-centered design principles to the Self-Service System, correspondence, and the UI website for a better user experience.

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