Unemployment Insurance (UI)
- You Be The 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 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, and get answers to,
questions about how and why UI benefits are paid.
- Defining "Misconduct" and "Substantial Fault" Under Wisconsin 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
"misconduct" 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 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 Law Judge.
- 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 web site created
to assist employers in correctly classifying their workers.