Assistance for Business Clinics

Once again the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Department of Revenue, Department of Health & Human Services and Montana Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve in partnership with local Chamber of Commerce, Job Service Employee Committees (JSEC), and Montana State University are hosting the Assistance for Business Clinics statewide.

This hands-on clinic is specially designed to assist New & Established employers, accountants, bookkeepers, human resource professionals & lawyers by providing a broader understanding and/or steps to implement the latest changes to various law, rules and regulations. Attendees will also receive reference materials including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Apprenticeship & Training
  • Independent Contractor Registration
  • Emergency Planning Guides
  • Employer Services
  • Employer Posters
  • Federal Tax Incentives
  • Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Tip Reporting


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Department of Revenue

The Department of Revenue will provide a broad overview of the taxes administered by the department. The focus of the presentation will center on E-File applications that will aid the business in their filing requirements.

Department of Labor & Industry’s Employment Relations Division

Claims Assistance Bureau, In this presentation the presenter will review the basis of the Montana Workers’ Compensation System. Participants will be guided through a series of questions and answers that respond to common employer concerns. Also, the presenter will be available to answer participant’s questions about the Department’s activities to reduce costs within Montana’s Workers’ Compensation System.

Safety and Health Bureau, The Safety presentation will cover recent changes to OSHA requirements such as record keeping and reporting.  Will also cover sources of assistance with OSHA compliance.

Labor Standards Bureau

The Wage and Hour Unit of the Department of Labor enforces payment of wages, minimum wage, overtime, improper withholdings, vacation, commission, prevailing wage, and other methods of compensation.  This presentation serves to provide assistance and clarification regarding some complex interpretations between state and federal law, enforcement authority, investigation processes and general assistance to employees and employers alike.

Department of Labor & Industry Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau

In addition to explaining subject wages and reporting requirements, the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau will present web services – Employers will learn how to e-file quarterly reports and make payments, view benefit charges and other correspondence, and how to send and receive messages from the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau. Payroll preparers from accounting firms and bookkeeping services are highly encouraged to attend as we explain the process for enrolling clients, demonstrating how to file returns individually or by utilizing bulk services. We also explain how to upload payroll exported to Excel, amend returns, and more. Montana Unemployment Insurance worked with Intuit to provide QuickBooks users a more efficient way to e-file UI reports and pay the tax due and that process will be explained. There are many new and improved services available on our UI eServices for Employers web portal and we are excited to share it with the public!

Department of Public Health & Human Services – Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED)

The CSED presents an overview of the child support program with detailed information on New Hire Reporting, Income Withholding Orders, Reporting Lump Sum and Bonus Payments, Orders to Enroll for Health Coverage, and Reporting Terminations. Employers will also learn about new electronic services and will have an opportunity to ask questions. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of their crucial role in child support collections and how to efficiently work with the CSED.

Department of Labor & Industry Claims Processing Bureau

Provides an overview of the Unemployment Insurance Benefit Program. Participants will learn about the program from an employer perspective. Employers play an intricate part in the integrity of the UI program by providing complete, accurate and timely information when requested. This ensures proper benefit payments to claimants and proper charging of employer accounts. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the types of information needed by the Department to properly administer the program. The Bureau also touches on the types of UI claims and employer accounts, the rights and requirements of both claimants and employers when claims are filed, and how quits and discharges impact eligibility and charges to employer accounts. The Division’s efforts to detect, prevent and reduce fraud in the Unemployment Insurance Program are also covered during the presentation.

Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and agency of the Department of Defense, presents an overview of the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act as it pertains to the employment of Guard and Reserve members. ESGR works to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.

For additional clinic information contact Christy Robbins at or (406)444-9046 and for registration information refer to the "Download Registration Here" listed above.