Anyone who suspects unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation fraud in Louisiana now has a simpler, more efficient way to report it.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has combined resources within its Office of Unemployment Insurance Administration and the Office of Workers' Compensation Administration to create a toll-free hotline and a web portal for reporting suspected fraud.
In the past nine months, 73 people have been arrested on warrants accusing them of fraud against the unemployment insurance program, and another 13 face similar charges against the workers’ compensation system.
"It is critically important that employers and individuals who play by the rules enjoy all the advantages that the unemployment and workers' compensation systems offer,” LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said. “Those who commit fraud are trying to gain an unfair and illegal advantage at the expense of others. We intend to use all means available to us to catch them, penalize their illegal behavior and bring them into compliance with the laws that ensure a level playing field that allows our economy to grow."
Examples of fraud include employees who aren’t eligible but who collect workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance benefits. Other kinds of fraud occur when employers do business without carrying the required workers’ compensation coverage, or when they try to avoid paying their unemployment insurance taxes by improperly classifying employees as independent contractors.
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