Managing Unemployment Insurance Costs: 2011 Update


Instructor: Ronald Adler
Product ID: 701839

  • Duration: 90 Min
Last Recorded Date: Jan-2011


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Why Should You Attend:
Employer –paid unemployment insurance taxes and costs, once a nuisance, increased significantly as a result of the recession. In some states employers’ UI tax liabilities increased by more than a 100 percent in 2010 as states increased UI experience rates, increased taxable wages bases, and imposed new surtaxes.

2011 will bring even higher state UI tax liabilities for many employers.

Higher experience rates are just the beginning. The recession depleted more than 30 sate UI trust funds causing the states to borrow from the Federal Trust Fund funds to pay benefits. Eventually these loans have to be repaid. In the meantime, the interest payments on these loans will result in separate interest payment surtax on employers. Further, if the state fails to repay its loan, employers in the state will have a higher federal UI tax liability.

This webinar provides an update of federal and state UI issues, assesses the risks and costs associated with UI taxes and benefits, and discusses effective UI tax management and cost control techniques.

Areas Covered in the Seminar:

  • Update on federal and state UI program.
  • Risks and costs of UI.
  • Key UI program management metrics.
  • Strategic and operational UI issues.
  • Financial UI cost controls issues.
  • UI benefits cost control issues.
  • HR management cost control issues.

Who Will Benefit:

  • HR managers
  • Payroll managers
  • UI Specialists
  • Operations managers
  • CFOs
  • Risk managers
  • External and Internal Auditors
  • Consultants

Instructor Profile:
Ronald Adler, is the president and CEO of Laurdan Associates, a veteran-owned, human resource management consulting firm in Potomac, Md., specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, benchmarking and HR metrics, strategic HR, employee surveys, and unemployment insurance management issues. Mr. Adler has more than 38 years of HR consulting experience working with U.S. and international firms, small businesses and non-profits, insurance companies and brokers, and employer organizations.

Adler is a consulting expert on work force, employment practices, and unemployment insurance issues to The Wall Street Journal, 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 a co-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, Adler teaches a course on HR auditing in Villanova University’s Graduate Program in Human Resources Development. He is also a certified instructor on employment practices and insurance issues for The CPCU Society, has conducted sexual harassment training programs as an adjunct instructor for the Baltimore City Community College, 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.

Mr. Adler has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on unemployment insurance issues and before the U.S. Senate H.E.L.P. Committee on genetic discrimination in the workplace.

As a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Adler serves as a subject matter expert (SME) on HR metrics, serves on the professional standards taskforce, and previously served on SHRM’s Human Capital Measurement/HR Metrics Special Expertise Panel and on SHRM’s Consultants’ Special Expertise Panel. He is 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.

Additionally, he belongs to the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Adler chairs the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s UI Subcommittee and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Labor Relations Committee.

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