- 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 (Appeal
Tribunal). Covers issues such as
discharges, quits, suspensions due to physical restrictions, and other miscellaneous specialty
areas. Cases are prepared and sessions are led by an experienced Appeal
- Deciding Who is Eligible For
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits
Provides an overview of the primary issues affecting employee eligibility and employer liability
for UI 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 the statutory definition of "misconduct"
and the legal standard for "substantial fault" benefit
- 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 Appeal Tribunal.
- 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.
- Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Law
(Friday Fundamentals only)
Provides information on how an employer establishes coverage for unemployment insurance, covered and
excluded employment, taxability of wages, account reporting, unique reporting situations and business
transfers. Offers an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about how and why UI taxes are established.
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