Whether it is the identity thieves that plague the system with imposter claims or the incorrect determination of fraud toward innocent individuals, fraud is an issue that has afflicted the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) system in recent years — one which has left employers on the hook for millions.
MMA-supported legislation to incorporate the recommendations of the House Oversight Committee Workgroup on Unemployment Insurance Fraud is expected to be voted on during the 11/8/17 House session.
House Bills 5165-5172 will address the top concerns of MMA members – specifically preventing imposter claims, establishing a process for reporting imposter claims and improving the Section 20(a) Employer Noncompliance Determination process.
Review the bill synopsis linked here.
“We commend Representative Graves and Representative Hertel for a balanced, solution-oriented approach to improving Michigan’s employer-financed unemployment system,” says Delaney McKinley, MMA senior director of government affairs and membership.
The House Oversight Committee passed the bills on 11/2/17 and it is anticipated that the legislation will be passed into law by the end of the year. MMA will continue to keep you updated with developments on the UI fraud legislation and UIA system improvements.
This article was published in the 11/7/17 edition of MFG Voice.