• Employer's Guide to Unemployment Insurance Tax in California
  • Employer's Guide to Unemployment Insurance Tax in California

    • Speaker : Ronald Adler
    • Session Code : RAOCT2921
    • Date : 29th October 2021
    • Time : This Event is Over and the Recorded Copy is Available
    • Duration : 1 Hour 47 Mins



California employers’ unemployment insurance taxes and costs have increasingly become more important and represent a potentially critical liability. For some employers, UI tax liabilities and their relationship to other employment related costs have become significantly more important and now have a measurable impact on the bottom line.


While higher UI tax liabilities are just most obvious risk created by employee separations and unemployment insurance claims; they are only the beginning.  Unemployment insurance claims increasingly expose organizations to other potential liabilities: from wage and hour violations for misclassifying independent contractors, to providing plaintiffs with discovery opportunities in other types of employment litigation.


Effective management of your organization’s unemployment insurance experience provides you with the opportunity to improve your talent management results, improve your hiring and onboarding processes, enhance your performance management and discipline procedures, and reduce your exposure to discrimination and wrongful discharge claims.  Effective UI management allows you to use UI metrics to assess human capital risks, measure supervisor and manager performance, more accurately allocate resources, and have a positive impact on the bottom line.


This webinar provides an update on federal and California UI issues, assesses the risks and costs associated with UI taxes and benefits, reviews the interconnection between UI and other employment and tax issues, and discusses effective UI tax management and cost control techniques.


Areas Covered in this Session:


  • Update on 2021-2022 UI tax liabilities
  • A discussion of federal UI law and potential changes
  • Critical assessment of California’s  UI laws
  • Managing your organization’s UI tax liabilities
  • Managing employment issues that impact your UI tax liabilities and other employment costs


Why You Should Attend:


The Federal and California’s unemployment insurance issues are another employment liability that employers must manage. Unlike other taxes however, California’ s UI taxes and costs are experience-rated. Thus, employers have significant ability to control their tax liability. Additionally, because UI often becomes the gateway for other employment related costs, proper management of employers’ UI activities can have a positive impact on these liabilities.


By attending this webinar You Will:


  • Gain an understanding of California's key unemployment insurance issues
  • Discuss the strategic issues of employment stabilization and employee separation management
  • Learn to identify and assess the risks associated with the federal-California UI program
  • Discuss the financial implications of UI liabilities
  • Learn how sound HR management practices reduce an organization’s exposure to UI liabilities and costs
  • Identify and use UI Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)


Who Will Benefit:


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



Ronald Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a veteran owned, human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking, strategic HR-business issues and unemployment insurance issues.  Mr. Adler has more than 45 years of HR consulting experience working with U.S. and international firms, small businesses and non-profits, printers, insurance companies and brokers, and employer organizations.


Mr. Adler is the developer the Employment-Labor Law Audit™ (ELLA®), the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool—now in the tenth edition.


Mr. Adler has served as an adjunct professor at Villanova University’s Graduate Program in Human Resources Development and taught a course on HR auditing.  Mr. Adler has additionally served as a certified instructor for the CPCU Society and conducted courses on employment practices liabilities.


Mr. Adler has assisted Congress and state legislatures develop employment and UI related legislation and has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on unemployment insurance and the U.S. Senate H.E.L.P. Committee on genetic discrimination in the workplace.  Mr. Adler has also served as an expert witness in discrimination and negligent hiring cases.


Mr. Adler is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.  Mr. Adler is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), served as a subject matter expert (SME) to SHRM on HR metrics and other workplace issues, and has represented SHRM in meetings with the EEOC. 

Mr. Adler has a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University.

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