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    Unemployment Insurance 201 - Beyond the Basics

    Date: May 11, 2016, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    Unemployment Insurance 201 - Beyond the Basics

    Building upon the basic laws and procedures regarding unemployment insurance, Neil Gorrell will return to the Mt. Baker Chapter to discuss some of these procedures in more depth, with an emphasis on the importance of the employer’s role in the process. 

    He will discuss the benefit adjudication process with a focus on particular questions in regard to misconduct discharges, as well as the employer role in appeals of agency decisions. Throughout his presentation, Mr. Gorrell will discuss how the employer's response can affect accurate payment of benefits, correct assignment of benefit charges, and help reduce improper payments and fraudulent claims.

    About the Presenter:

    Neil Gorrell, Washington State Employment Security Department.

    Neil Gorrell is the Employment System Policy and Unemployment Insurance Director of the Washington State Employment Security Department.  Neil has been a loyal Wildcat since he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, where he studied Political Science and Philosophy.  He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in 1996.  After serving as a law clerk in the Washington State Court of Appeals, he joined the Office of the Attorney General where he focused on civil and regulatory litigation.  Neil was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in February of 2004.  In that position he heard cases for a variety of state agencies and local governments.  Governor Gregoire appointed Neil to a five year term on the Executive Ethics Board in November 2005.  He joined the Employment Security Department in 2007, where he served as Deputy Director for the UI program prior to being promoted to Director of UI in January of 2013, and to director of all employment system policy in December of 2013.  In his spare time, Neil dotes excessively on his wife and four small children.

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    We Are Accepting Donations - If you would like to help Mt Baker Chapter of SHRM support Project Homeless – please bring your donation items to the May or June lunch meeting.  We will have a box set up at each meeting and you can place your donation items in the box.


    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

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    If you are not able to or do not want to pre-pay, we accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card and must be paid at the time of check-in at the event. See cancellation policy below.

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    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

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