The CARES Act & Fraud with the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

By May 13, 2020August 7th, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19, Fraud

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development asserts that unemployment fraud is a serious offense and contends that they will pursue any fraudulent cases. Per the CARES Act, any individual who commits unemployment fraud will be ineligible for any additional benefit payments, will have to re-pay any benefits paid, and will be subject to criminal prosecution. The state notes that individuals may be committing fraud if they refuse a work offer because unemployment pays more than their weekly wages, ask to be laid off, or ask to reduce their hours so they can collect benefits. The state requests that employers report these actions to them immediately. Employers may send the following information to the state by email at uifraud@alaska.gov or by fax at (907) 375-9520. A state representative will contact the employer for additional information as needed.

  • Business name,
  • Contact information
  • Individual’s first and last name
  • Last four of the individual’s social security number (if available)
  • A brief description of the activity

 

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Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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