Michigan is experiencing an uptick in cases where criminals are using stolen identities to apply for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. These cases not only affect the victims – those who have had their personal information compromised – they also can have a negative effect on an employer’s UI tax rate.
In many cases, employers may be the first to have information that UI fraud is occurring (e.g., a notice from the state regarding a monetary determination even though there has not been a change in the employee’s status). Employers are urged to report suspected fraud immediately.
The Unemployment Insurance Agency has released two new Fact Sheets detailing what employers and employees should do if they suspect UI fraud or identity theft:
If your company would like assistance relating to this matter, please contact Wendy Block at firstname.lastname@example.org.