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Recent Coverage of Benefits Administration
 

Department of Labor Announces Unemployment Insurance System Reform

Sept 1, 2021

Experts in jobless benefits say domestic and international cybercriminals who’ve used stolen identities to commit fraud on a mass scale may shift their focus to traditional unemployment insurance when the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program ends Sept. 6, those experts said. The program provides benefits to gig economy workers and others who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits. 

California judge rules gig worker initiative utilized by Uber and Lyft is unconstitutional

Aug 20, 2021

A California judge ruled Friday that the costly and controversial 2020 ballot measure exempting firms like Uber and Lyft from having to classify their gig workers in the state as employees rather than as independent contractors is unconstitutional.

Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Uber-owned Postmates bankrolled Proposition 22, or Prop 22, with more than $200 million, underscoring how important its passage was to the future of their businesses.

Pandemic Unemployment Fraud May Shift, Bring More Business Costs

Aug 18, 2021

Employers should increase their vigilance against unemployment insurance fraud as a pandemic-era program for independent contractors—a ripe target for sophisticated swindlers—expires next month, experts on jobless benefits said.

Domestic and international cybercriminals who’ve used stolen identities to commit fraud on a mass scale may shift their focus to traditional unemployment insurance when the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program ends Sept. 6, those experts said. The program provides benefits to gig economy workers and others who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits.