- You Be the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Judge
Reviews summaries typical of actual, contested UI cases, allowing the audience members to
decide how they would rule if they were the Administrative Law Judge. Covers issues such as
discharges, quits, suspensions due to physical restrictions, and other miscellaneous specialty
areas. Cases prepared and session led by an experienced UI Administrative Law Judge.
- Deciding Who is Eligible For
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits
Provides an overview of the primary issues affecting employee eligibility and employer liability
for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Includes a discussion of quits, discharges, offers of work,
work available, and how terms such as "able to work" and "available for work" are defined by UI.
Offers an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about how and why UI benefits are paid.
- Defining "Misconduct" and "Substantial Fault"
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Law
Identifies the factors considered by UI staff, by the Labor and Industry Review Commission
and by the courts to decide whether the actions of an employee amount to "misconduct" or
"substantial fault," either of which can result in an employee's disqualification for UI
benefits. Covers recent changes in the law, including the new statutory definition of
and the entirely new legal standard for "substantial fault" benefit disqualifications. Also covers
the basics of the administrative appeal process, burdens of proof and how to prepare for a hearing.
- Preparing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Hearings
Provides a basic introduction to the appeal process, including how to decide whether or not to appeal
an initial eligibility determination, how to effectively prepare for a hearing to ensure that the
necessary evidence is presented, and what to do if dissatisfied with the decision of an Administrative
- Worker Misclassification
Is a Worker an Employee or an Independent Contractor? Discusses the importance to an employer
of correctly classifying employees as independent contractors; provides an overview of the tests
in the Unemployment Insurance law that are used to determine if workers are employees or independent
contractors; describes the worksite compliance investigation process; and provides a demonstration
of the DWD website created to assist employers in correctly classifying their workers.
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