Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudulent unemployment claims have been increasing. In July, the FBI alerted employers about the rise in fraudulent unemployment claims. Stolen identity information is being used for unemployment benefits using the names and personal information of employees who have not lost their jobs.
It is important for employers to monitor and confirm the legitimacy of claims. Employers can take the following actions to help prevent fraudulent unemployment claims from being paid:
Employers have the responsibility to assist their employees whose personal information has been stolen. The Department of Labor provides information on how to report unemployment fraud in each state. The site is; U.S. Department of Labor Offers Fraud Prevention Resources To Enhance Integrity of Unemployment Insurance Programs | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)