Unemployment Insurance: Keeping the Promise Today and Tomorrow

NELP's National Conference  ǀ  Washington DC, December 5-6, 2011

NELP’s 2011 national conference brought together local, state, and national leaders to chart an agenda that keeps workers and economic recovery front and center of state and federal unemployment insurance policies. Below, please find presentations and materials from many of the conference sessions; a full agenda can also be found here.

Plenaries:

The Federal Landscape of Unemployment Insurance Challenges and Priorities

Federal UI Challenges and Priorities: An Overview (pdf). Judy Conti, National Employment Law Project
This plenary also featured: Danielle Gray, National Economic Council; Nick Gwyn, House Committee on Ways and Means; and Deidra Henry-Spires, Senate Finance Committee

Filling the Good Jobs Deficit: An Economic Recovery Agenda for Our States and Cities

Filling the Good Jobs Deficit: An Overview (pdf). Christine Riordan, National Employment Law Project
Filling the Good Jobs Deficit: Transportation and Manufacturing (pdf). Brian Lombardozzi, BlueGreen Alliance
Creating Good Jobs in Home Health Care (pdf). Carol Regan, Paraprofessional Health Institute

Workshops:

Defending State UI Programs: Responding to Proposals to Cut Benefits ǀ Moderated by Rick McHugh, NELP

Defending Your State UI Program: A Toolkit (pdf). Rebecca Dixon, National Employment Law Project
Defending Georgia's UI Program: Responding to Proposals to Cut Benefits (pdf). Elizabeth Appley, Georgia League of Women Voters
UI 101: Federal Law and Conformity Issues (pdf). Suzanne Schwartz-Simonetta, US Department of Labor, UI Legislative Services

Strategies for Reemployment and Layoff Aversion ǀ Moderated by Christine Riordan, NELP

Averting Layoffs through Work Sharing Programs (pdf). Neil Ridley, Center on Law and Social Policy
Subsidized and Transitional Jobs: Creating Work Opportunities for Long-Term Unemployed (pdf). LaDonna Pavetti, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Georgia Work$: How Does an Unlawful Program Become a National Model? (pdf). George Wentworth, National Employment Law Project
This workshop also featured: Deborah Chalfie, AARP

The $38 Billion Question: What States and the Federal Government can do to Rescue Insolvent UI Programs ǀ Moderated by Mike Evangelist and Rick McHugh, NELP

UI Trust Fund Solvency: The Employer Perspective (pdf). Doug Holmes, UWC Strategic Services
Trust Fund Loans: Interest Charges and Credit Reductions (pdf). Mike Miller, US Department of Labor, Office of Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment Insurance Financing Issues (pdf). Wayne Vroman, Labor, Human Services and Population Center, the Urban Institute
This workshop also featured: Michael Leachman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Strategies to Support Families Confronting the End of UI Benefits ǀ Moderated by Maurice Emsellem, NELP

Strategies to Support Families Confronting the End of UI Benefits (pdf). Rebecca Dixon, National Employment Law Project
Food Stamps/SNAP: A Critical Household Resource Against Hunger (pdf). Pat Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
This workshop also featured: Joseph Carbone, The WorkPlace, Inc., and Sandi Vito, 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund

Anatomy of Effective State UI Campaigns: Pennsylvania 2011 ǀ Moderated by Mike Evangelist, NELP

Some Tools in the Advocacy Communications Toolbox (pdf). Mitch Hirsch, National Employment Law Project
This workshop also featured: Sharon Dietrich, Community Legal Services Philadelphia

Preserving Strong State UI Programs through Research ǀ Moderated by Rebecca Dixon, NELP

Understanding State UI Tax Data (pdf). Rob Pavosevich, US Department of Labor, Office of Unemployment Insurance
Understanding UI Benefits (pdf). Claire McKenna, National Employment Law Project
The Impact of UI on the Labor Market (pdf). Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute
Unemployment Conflict (pdf). Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post

Forging a Fair and Balanced State Response to UI Overpayments ǀ Moderated by Claire McKenna, NELP

State Responses to UI Overpayments (pdf). Maurice Emsellem, National Employment Law Project
Unemployment Insurance Integrity Update (pdf). Gay Gilbert, US Department of Labor, Office of Workforce Security
Advocating for Workers in UI Overpayment Proceedings (pdf). Susan Nofi-Bendici, New Haven Legal Assistance
See also the following handouts from NELP: Table 1: UI Program Integrity Rates, and Table 2: State Waiver Provisions

Access and Eligibility: UI Advocacy at the Agency Level ǀ Moderated by George Wentworth, NELP

The Race to the Top: Efforts to Improve UI Access and Eligibility in Massachusetts (pdf). Monica Halas, Greater Boston Legal Services
2011 Changes to Florida Unemployment Compensation Law (pdf). Val Greenfield, Florida Legal Services
Unemployment Compensation Prepaid Cards (pdf). Lauren Saunders, National Consumer Law Center
This workshop also featured: Richard Blum, New York Legal Aid Society