In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, claims for unemployment insurance benefits have surged. However, alongside genuine claims filed with the joint state-federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits have skyrocketed. Companies throughout the United States have reported an unusual uptick in their receipt of fraudulent unemployment benefits forms or notices of claims for unemployment benefits, many of them implicating senior-level management and employees who remain employed.
This alert summarizes general actions that an employer can consider taking upon receipt of a fraudulent unemployment benefits form or notice of claim. In addition, it summarizes the available contact resources to file notice of a fraudulent claim in Illinois.
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