DOL Fraud Reporting Update
As some of our members are aware, the GSA Board has been working closely with the DOL and lawmakers to develop a way to report fraud and abuse of individuals receiving unemployment benefits. Most employers, especially in the Staffing Industry, realize the vast number of jobseekers that either decline suitable work or do not pass pre-employment drug screens while possibly receiving unemployment benefits. Until now, there has not been a formal process to report this to the DOL for investigation and termination of benefits.
GSA is proud to announce that a pilot program has recently been launched on the Georgia Department of Labor web site, www.dol.state.ga.us. Employers can find a “Reporting UI Fraud and Abuse” link in the “Spotlight” section in the lower left hand corner of the site. At this time, the process is set up to manually send printed forms to the DOL. In the near future, the DOL expects to launch an automated forms process and continue its improvement during its test phase.
In order to make this program successful and send a message to benefit seekers and recipients, it is critical that all employers take action NOW to develop internal processes to help this initiative. With Georgia’s UI taxes and state debt at record levels, this process is one step closer to preventing benefits getting into potentially fraudulent hands.
Please be on the lookout for future press release from the Georgia Department of Labor on this matter. Now, more than ever, we need to protect our industry and tax dollars.