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Assessing Unemployment Insurance Cost Controls

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This webinar discusses the purposes and methodologies of UI audits in assessing an organization's unemployment insurance controls and the use of UI audits in reducing the organization's UI risk exposure and lowering UI tax liabilities and costs. Critical areas of UI cost management are reviewed and effective cost control strategies are identified.

The webinar continues with a discussion of UI assessment activities, including the assessment of the external and internal factors that affect UI liability. The webinar then discusses the use of UI metrics and methods to compare an individual employer's experience with the experience of other employers in the state and the employer's industry. To improve the organization's allocation of UI tax liabilities and enhance managerial accountability, the webinar also discusses the use of internalized experience rating.

Finally, the webinar provides some actionable takeaways. Starting with a discussion of UI audit tools, the webinar provides some specific questions organizations should ask in assessing their UI cost controls.

Why should you attend: The nation's high unemployment continues to take its toll on the economy and employers' bottom line as unemployment taxes and liabilities shown no sign of abatement. Higher unemployment taxes increase the cost of labor, reduce profitability, and reduce the resources available to grow the business or employ new employees. For 2011 and for the next few year, many employers we see not only higher state unemployment insurance taxes, but for the first time in decades, higher federal unemployment taxes. At the same time UI claims not only expose employers to higher experience rated state Ui taxes, but can also be the stepping-stone for other employment related claims. And frequently HR claims trigger audits by not only state UI agencies, but also the U.S. Department of labor and the I.R.S. In response, employers are reexamining their UI cost management programs and implementing financial, UI claims and hearing, and HR management activities to more effectively manage UI taxes and other separation-related costs. These activities include: enhancing UI tax management techniques, scrutinizing UI claims processes and UI hearing attendance, and updating UI training programs for managers and supervisors.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • The components of a UI assessment
  • Inherent, residual, and risk related to Unemployment insurance
  • UI metric and benchmarking information;
  • UI assessment techniques to improve HR management performance and reduce liabilities; and
  • Effective UI audit plans.
Who Will Benefit:
  • Senior Management Team
  • Directors, and Administrators
  • Supervisors
  • Employment Managers
  • Training Director

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.He has more than 37 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 co-developer of the Employment-Labor Law Audit (the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool.

Mr. Adler is an adjunct professor at Villanova University’s Graduate Program in Human Resources Development and teaches a course on HR auditing. Mr. Adler is a certified instructor on employment practices for the CPCU Society and has conducted continuing education courses for the AICPA, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

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