Employers should continue to be diligent in reviewing unemployment claims for fraudulent activity.
The three most common types of fraud seen are identity theft, part-time employees failing to report wages, and full-time employees failing to report wages. To protect themselves against fraudulent activity, districts should:
- Review quarterly statements for suspicious activity
- Cooperate with the Texas Workforce Commission by completing the Request for Earnings Information form
- Pay attention to red flags such as claims with misspelled names, maiden instead of married names, incorrect employer account numbers or Social Security numbers, and claims for employees still working for or people who have never worked for the district.
Expert support is available to TASB Risk Management Fund members with Unemployment Compensation coverage. For more information on the topic, including reporting fraud and identity theft concerns, check out the HRX article Fraudulent Unemployment Claims on the Rise.
Sarah James joined HR Services in 2019. Prior to that, she worked at a Central Texas school district for 11 years. She is responsible for managing web content, HR Services articles, HRX newsletter, social media accounts, and marketing efforts.
James has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Concordia University Texas in Austin.
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