Employers are beginning to feel the direct impact of the insolvency of state unemployment trust funds as increases in the Federal Unemployment Tax are automatically triggered. Learn the details of the triggering of the increases in FUTA taxes, what states have and have not done to avoid the increases, the states that are at particular risk for further significant increases, and the advent of the use of bonds in a growing number of states to refinance outstanding UI related debt.
Douglas J. Holmes, president of UWC - Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers' Compensation, and Gay Gilbert, Administrator of the Office of Unemployment Insurance overseeing the nation's federal-state Unemployment Insurance program, will discuss the following areas:
Joining Mr. Holmes in the webinar is Howard Perlman, an editor for Bloomberg BNA, covering unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, and temporary disability insurance.
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Doug Holmes, President of UWC - Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers' Compensation
Douglas J. Holmes began as President of UWC in November, 2006. In his position as President of UWC, Doug serves as the primary UI legislative and policy resource for business, counting as members an array of national and state business trade associations, Fortune 500 companies and third party administrators. He also serves as President of the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation & Workers' Compensation, which produces regular comparisons of state UI law and hosts the annual national unemployment insurance issues conference.
Doug joined UWC after more than 22 years in positions in the public sector in which he developed policy and administered the federal/state unemployment insurance system.
During his tenure in state government, Mr. Holmes served as Deputy Administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Unemployment Insurance Director, Chief Counsel for Unemployment Insurance, and Secretary of the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council appointed by the Governor.
In addition to his work in Ohio, Mr. Holmes served as Chairman of the UI/ES Reform Workgroup for the National Governors' Association, coordinator of the Coalition for Employment Security Financing Reform, and a member of the US Department of Labor UI Reform Workgroup. He has been a frequent speaker on the topic of the unemployment insurance system before Congress, state legislatures, state and national business organizations, state agencies, and labor organizations.
UWC has served as the coordinator of a broad based UI business coalition seeking relief from federal unemployment taxes and advocating for improved integrity of the UI system.
Mr. Holmes is an Attorney, and graduate of the Ohio State University and the University of Toledo College of Law.
Gay Gilbert joined the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in November 2000 and currently serves as the Administrator of the Office of Unemployment Insurance overseeing the nation's federal-state Unemployment Insurance program.
Previously, Gay also served as ETA's Administrator for the Office of Workforce Investment providing federal oversight of America's workforce investment system.
Prior to joining the U.S Department of Labor, Gay was a senior official for the State of Ohio overseeing workforce programs and unemployment insurance for ten years.
Gay also served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Columbus, Ohio, and eight years with the West Virginia Department of Human Services.
She has the following degrees: