Assistance for Business Clinics

Once again the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Department of Revenue, 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 (ABC) 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
  • Quick Guide to using SIDES E-Response
  • Unemployment Insurance Employer Handbook
  • Employer Services
  • Employer Posters
  • Federal Bonding Program
  • Federal Tax Incentives
  • Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT)
  • Tip Reporting

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Fall 2017 ABC Clinics





September 13th

Polson (Charlo)

Ninepipes Lodge

406-883-7880 (Job Service Employer Committee)

September 20th


Yogo Inn

406-538-8701 (Job Service Employer Committee)

September 27th


LaQuinta Inn & Suites

406-723-2177 (Chamber of Commerce)

October 4th


Bitterroot River Inn

406-363-2400 (Chamber of Commerce)


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.

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 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.

Department of Labor & Industry Job Service Montana - Business Services

Montana Job Service Business Services Program provides customized business services to employers. Customized services include recruitment and retention solutions; work based learning consultation; labor market information for strategic planning and economic development; labor and employment law resources and information; and human resource consultation. The training will focus on recruitment and retention strategies and resources; incumbent worker training funding options; federal tax credits; and no cost bonding for applicants with barriers to employment.

For additional clinic information contact Kay Strayer at or (406) 444-9081.