UWC Awards

Each year we accept nominations for awards to individuals who have had a profound impact on the Unemployment Insurance system as researchers, policy leaders and contributors to the integrity of the program. UWC accepts nominations for consideration and announces the awards at the annual National Unemployment Insurance Issues conference. The conference is hosted by the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation and will be held this year June 27 – 29, 2017 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here for hotel reservations.

Nominations may be made by letter identifying the nominator and the nominee with narrative explaining why the individual is deserving of recognition. A description of each of our national awards and the list of past award recipients is provided below for reference. Please take a moment to think about those who have contributed significantly and send your nomination. We are accepting nominations through March 1st.

Send nominations to:

Douglas J. Holmes
President
UWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation
910 17th Street, NW, Suite 1070
Washington, DC 20006
202-223-8904
holmesd@uwcstrategy.org

UI Recognition Awards include:

  • The UWC Outstanding Contribution Award: This award is given to a UWC member or researcher for outstanding contributions to UWC or the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation.
  • The J. Eldred Hill, Jr., Award: This award is named after J. Eldred Hill, Jr., former president of UWC (then UBA), and is given to an individual for excellence in the public policy arena in service to the employer community.
  • The UI Integrity Award: This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to preserving the integrity of the unemployment system.
  • The Father Becker Award: This award is named for the late Father Joseph Becker, a pioneer and scholar in the development of the Unemployment Insurance system. The award is given to an individual who has made major contributions to unemployment insurance research.
Past award recipients include many national leaders in the UI system, including those from recent years listed below:
Father Becker Award
  • 2016 Dr. James Van Erden
  • 2007 Ron Wilus
  • 2005 Wayne Vroman
UWC Outstanding Contribution Award
  • 2013 John Sharkey (SIDES Director and US DOL Official)
  • 2012 Churck Howarth (Retired VP, California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems)
  • 2008 Hal Meyer
  • 2008 Larry Temple
  • 2007 Oregon Employer Council
  • 2004 Norm Raffaell
  • 2003 George Bradford and John Davidson
J. Eldred Hill, Jr., Award
  • 2016 Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
  • 2016 Indiana State Representative Dan Leonard
  • 2014 Dr. Richard A. Hobbie (NASWA, US DOL, House of Representatives)
  • 2011 Cheryl Atkinson (US DOL and NASWA)
  • 2010 Chuck Yarbrough
  • 2009 Dale Tuvey
  • 2009 Michael Thurmond
  • 2008 Lori Roberts
  • 2007 Ray Gonzalez
  • 2006 Pete Isberg
  • 2006 Edward O. Roberts
  • 2005 Roger Madsen
  • 2004 Chuck Howarth
  • 2003 J. Eldred Hill, Jr.
UI Integrity Award
  • 2016 Michael Lorsbach (On Point Technology)
  • 2015 Brett Flachsbarth (Kansas Department of Labor)
  • 2015 Bradford Ward (Texas Workforce Commission)
  • 2014 Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey
  • 2013 Julia Hearthway (Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry)
  • 2013 North Carolina State Representative Julia Howard
  • 2013 North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho
  • 2012 Matt Wedinger (House Ways and Means, Human Resources Subcommittee Staff Director)
  • 2012 Steve Arwood (Michigan UI Director)
  • 2011 Kirsten Cox (Director, Utah Workforce Agency)
  • 2011 Mark Perlberg (Oasis Outplacement)
  • 2010 Larry Temple
  • 2009 Governor Haley Barbour
  • 2009 Jerry Hildebrand
  • 2008 Matt Harvill & Carl Camden
  • 2007 Phyllis Kennedy, James Webb, & Steve Horton
  • 2006 Kathryn A. Moore
  • 2004 Emily De Rocco
  • 2003 J. Luke McCormick