Labor Department Unveils Tools to Reduce Improper Unemployment Insurance Payments

Washington — March 14

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of new tools to support state agencies in detecting, preventing and recovering improper unemployment insurance payments and fraud.

The Fraud Tips and Leads Gateway, a new online tool, provides the public with a portal to report fraud. It will seek to help states act quickly to investigate tips and leads as well as prosecute bad actors.

In addition, the Labor Department is publishing new materials highlighting the most common mistakes that claimants make and what businesses can do to avoid the negative tax implications of improper payments.

The department is working with states and through the workforce system to broadly display these materials in public areas and to post them online.

Over the next several weeks, the department also will reach out through a number of social media outlets to provide UI claimants with “quick tips” to learn more about their local one-stop career centers, connect with state job banks and avoid mistakes that can lead to improper payments.

The resources are part of an ongoing effort to help states reduce their improper payment rates. In September, the department created a new landing page that allows visitors to identify improper payment rates for each state and provides tips to help reduce these payments. The department also announced $192 million in grant funds to implement waste cutting initiatives and improve the UI system.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor