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Topic: Unemployment Fraud Reporting - 03/10/2021
Staff members have recently received documentation from NY State Dept of Labor regarding Unempl...
Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2021 Permalink

MEMBER QUESTION

Staff members have recently received documentation from NY State Dept of Labor regarding Unemployment Claims in 2020 which the paperwork implies they have made, but which they did not make. 

There is paperwork for the Library also "Unemployment Insurance Notice of Potential Charges" and a "Notice of Protest" with a monetary amount listed as a charge to the library. 

Question 1:  

Have you heard of other examples of Library staff being thus targeted?

Question 2:  

Should we take further action? Do you suggest we should put something in writing to Dept Labor to protect our employees and the Library?

 

WNYLRC HR EXPERT'S RESPONSE

Question 1:

People throughout NY have been targeted.

Question 2:

Yes.

 

There has been widespread fraud with the NY DOL Unemployment system.  Some reports have noted over 400,000 fraudulent claims.  People and employers that receive fraudulent notices are encouraged to contact the NY DOL and report it.  I would recommend that you as the employer and the affected employee separately follow all outlets outlined by the NY DOL to dispute and alert them to the activity. 

 

Press Release:

Link to Reporting Site: 

 

Tags: Fraud, Unemployment

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