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Unemployment insurance info session Oct. 27

"Unemployment Insurance 101" will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Northwoods Bank conference room in Park Rapids.

Check-in is at 8 a.m. with the seminar, "What Minnesota Employers Need to Know..." presented from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The free seminar will provide answers to tough questions. Participants will learn the correct methods to help manage unemployment issues in the workplace and gain knowledge to deal with unemployment issues quickly and decisively.

The presenters will explain how unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates are determined, what benefits are available, eligibility requirements and more.

Topics to be addressed include:

-New unemployment legislation and how it could affect your workplace.

-Tips to help avoid common mistakes in submitting quarterly wage detail reports.

-Step-by-step instructions for using the Employer Online Self-Service System.

-"They've been bad; you must be good:" important follow-up once a problem worker has been dismissed.

-How detailed, accurate documentation can save a company money in the long run.

-The common mistakes managers make when they file an unemployment appeal or raise an issue and how to avoid them.

-Covered versus non-covered unemployment: Who's in, who's out and why?

-Are independent contractors really independent?

-Do family members working in my business need coverage?

-An overview of Minnesota's Shared Work Program ("Partial Unemployment Benefits).

The workshop is geared to human resource (HR) professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys, accountants, consultants and others who are interested in learning about their rights and responsibilities regarding the Minnesota UI program.

Presenters include Gary Johnson, who works as an agent liaison with the UI division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Wayne Johnson works as a benefit program specialist with the UI division of DEED.

This seminar is built to satisfy the needs of the relatively inexperienced HR employee, the veteran staffer who wants to brush up on some critical knowledge or the business owner who wants more information about unemployment insurance regulations.

Call the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber at 732-4111 or e-mail to reserve your spot.