Jenner & Block

Client Alert: Employer Responses to Unemployment Insurance Fraud

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.[1] 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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