Assistance for Business Clinics

Once again the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Department of Revenue, US Department of Labor 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 Labor & Industry Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau

In addition to learning about subject wages and reporting requirements, this year Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau is introducing our brand new web services – Employers will learn how to e-file quarterly reports and payments, view benefit charges and other correspondence, and send and receive messages from the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau.

Payroll preparers from accounting firms and bookkeeping services are also highly encouraged to attend as we will be explaining the new processes for enrolling clients, demonstrating how to file returns individually or by utilizing bulk services. We will also explain how to upload payroll exported to Excel, amend returns, and more. The Montana Unemployment Insurance program has also worked with Intuit to provide QuickBooks users a more efficient way to e-file UI reports and pay the tax due. There are many new and improved services available on our new UI eServices for Employers web portal and we are excited to introduce it to 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, their rights and requirements as of an employer when claims are filed, separations from employment (what steps to take when an individual quits or is discharged) and other issues that affect claimant eligibility for benefits. The Division’s efforts to detect, prevent and reduce fraud in the Unemployment Insurance Program are also covered during the presentation.

Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Bureau

In this presentation the presenter will review the basis of the Montana Workers’ Compensation System. After this basic review, participants will be guided through a series of questions and answers that respond to common concerns employers bring to the Department of Labor and Industry. 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.

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.

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.

USDOL & Labor Standards

An overview of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Montana’s wage & hour laws will be presented.  Both the FLSA and Montana law mandates minimum wage, overtime, child labor, and recordkeeping requirements.  The presentation will discuss coverage, employment relationship, exemptions, hours worked and Montana’s Wage Payment Act.   Compliance with child labor and recordkeeping requirements will also be discussed, along with how to obtain compliance assistance information.