Implementing effective strategies to manage your unemployment costs is a smart idea. As an employer, you should be interested in ways to keep expenses down while ensuring a low turnover rate and a strong, skilled labor force.

One issue that could impede this goal is fraudulent claims. Across the country, scams can take their toll on workers, businesses and state agencies, draining funds and forcing costs to rise. As a result, more states are focusing on improper payments and fraud in an effort to reduce these instances and ensure that no money is being wasted.

Even so, problems are still popping up. In Wisconsin, a new scam may be part of a larger problem affecting the nation as a whole, according to Wisconsin-based media outlet WEAU. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced that it has identified more than 440 fraudulent unemployment claims in the state, with signs that it may be connected to a scam that has hit other states over the past few months.

This scam sees personal information often used to file claims, whether or not the targeted person is unemployed, the news source noted. Victoria Seltun, a local attorney, was one such victim. She said that at least one week’s worth of wages were deposited by the DWD into a fake account set up by the criminals.

“Many employers don’t pay attention to this – they get multiple notices from DWD all the time on unemployment claims and employers don’t take the time to open them and respond,” she told WEAU. “This is exactly what the thieves are hoping for.”

Unemployment conditions improve in Wisconsin
Even as cases of fraud appear across the state, conditions in the labor force have continued to improve. According to the DWD, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate reached 5.7 percent in May, the lowest point it’s hit since fall 2008. All major metropolitan areas experienced year-over-year decreases in unemployment rates.

In addition, the state has seen more than 116,000 new private sector jobs since the end of 2010, the DWD reported. As an added bonus, initial unemployment insurance claims at the start of 2014 ticked down to the lowest point since 2000. Overall, Wisconsin has seen healthy job growth and a strong labor market over the past year, a good sign for local employers.

Juggling tax rates and difficult employees can become challenging at your company. Here at Corporate Cost Control, we understand these problems and are well-positioned to help. Our extensive background in cost control and human resources will allow you to better manage your unemployment insurance expenses.


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