COVID-19 & the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development: Response to Unemployment Fraud

By June 8, 2020August 7th, 2020COVID-19, Fraud

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) will continue to take measures to prevent fraud or misuse of unemployment benefits. Individuals commit unemployment fraud by knowingly submitting false information, knowingly continuing to collect benefits when ineligible, knowingly collecting benefits without reporting wages or income, or not reporting when suitable employment or available work is refused. Should an individual refuse an offer of work because unemployment pays more than their weekly wage, asks to be laid off, requests to have their hours reduced, or quits available work so they can obtain benefits – they may be committing fraud. The state urges employers to report these activities to the state immediately for investigation.

Employers may send the following information to the state office by email at uifraud@alaska.gov or by fax at (907) 375-9520. A representative will contact the employer for additional information:

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

The state takes fraudulent activities to collect unemployment benefits very seriously. If an individual obtains benefits via fraud, the individual is ineligible for any additional benefit payments, must re-pay the benefits received and will be subject to criminal prosecution.

 

Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at http://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

 

 

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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