$600 Federal UI Stimulus Payments Expiring
July 25, 2020
The payment was retroactive to the week of March 29-April 4, 2020. Individuals received the additional $600 payment with their regular weekly state unemployment benefit.
The $600 is a federal stimulus payment passed under the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early June, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter announced that Alaska was taking measures to prevent fraud or misuse of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, including the expanded $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits under the CARES Act.
The department said individuals have committed unemployment fraud by knowingly submitting false information, knowingly continuing to collect benefits when ineligible, intentionally collecting benefits without reporting wages or income or not reporting when suitable employment or available work is refused.
Quoting Commissioner Ledbetter's June 2nd news release," if an individual refuses an offer of work because UI pays more than their weekly wage, is asking to be laid off, requests to have their hours reduced or quits available work so they can obtain UI benefits, they may be committing fraud. Employers should immediately report these activities for investigation."
To report, employers were asked to contact by email at email@example.com or by fax to (907) 375-9520. A representative will contact the business for additional information.
Edited By Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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