In a recent announcement, the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance released a list of guidelines for reporting fraudulent or improper unemployment claims. You can find the release from the state below and to visit the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance website, click here.
Instructions to Employers
Proper Handling for Reporting Fraudulent or Improper Unemployment Claims
In recent months the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has been receiving notifications from employers protesting claims in bulk and reporting likely fraudulent or improper unemployment claims. These notifications have been coming in various forms ranging from letters being written to the Department, employers writing “Fraud” across Department letters and forms and sending them back, and other mechanisms that are inhibiting or preventing the Department from handling these issues in a timely and accurate manner. The purpose of this notice is to provide clear guidance on how each of these situations where there is a questionable claim against an employer should be handled.
If an employer has received a “Confirmation of Employment” letter:
If an employer has received a “Lack of Work” letter for an employee who either has never worked for your company or is employed by your company without any break in service for the past year:
If the employer or employee is responding to a “Fact Finding Letter”
If an employer has received a “Monetary Determination” they are in disagreement with:
The employer should encourage the employee to file a fraud report and follow the guidance at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/report-unemployment-benefits-fraud
If an employer is protesting a claim a result of a “Benefit Charge Statement” they are in disagreement with:
In a case where both the employer and the employee acknowledged that they claim was not filed by the employee, the employer should fill in the protest form in using their UI Online account and the employee should be directed to file a fraud report and follow the guidance at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/report-unemployment-benefits-fraud
If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact a member of your DGC client service team or Judith Meier, CPA, CGMA at 781-937-5328 / firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our coronavirus web page at dgccpa.com/coronavirus which is frequently updated with resources to help you deal with the impact of the coronavirus on you and your business.