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Geico Customer Data Breach May be Part of Unemployment Insurance Scam

Auto insurer Geico recently reported that fraudsters have been stealing license numbers of its customers for the past few months and possibly using them to fraudulently apply for unemployment benefits. In a data breach notification filed with California’s data privacy …

Biden Extends Unemployment Insurance for Workers Fearing COVID Risk

The Biden Administration is expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers who feel they are forced to choose between working in an unsafe environment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection. The U.S. Department of Labor is …

Workers Refusing Unsafe Work May Be Able to Get Unemployment Insurance

Many workers called back by employers resuming or expanding operations despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic face a dilemma: return to jobs that put them at high risk of the virus, or say no, and risk going without pay or unemployment …

New York Court: Uber Drivers Are Employees Eligible for Unemployment Insurance

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department held at the end of December that Uber drivers can be considered employees eligible for benefits such as unemployment insurance. The finding upheld two previous April 2019 decisions by the …

Here’s What’s In the $900 Billion COVID-19 Bill

U.S. congressional leaders said on Sunday they had reached agreement on a $900 billion package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy hammered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with votes on Monday. Here’s what is in …

Vermont Unemployment Insurance Decrease Aims to Help During COVID

Vermont businesses are going to be getting a break on the costs of their unemployment insurance, and people collecting unemployment benefits will be getting more money, Governor Phil Scott said Tuesday. Starting July 1, the Vermont Department of Labor will …

Maine Believes Increase in Unemployment Claims Tied to Fraud

Another 24,500 individuals have filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week – more than double the number of claims the previous week, the Maine Department of Labor said Thursday. The large number of claims is suspicious, coming off a …

Gig Workers Seeking Coronavirus Unemployment Insurance Frustrated

Uber and Lyft drivers are hitting a wall in their efforts to apply for the coronavirus jobless benefits promised by Congress as state agencies say they are not ready to handle a class of workers who are totally new to …

Analysis: How a Recession Affects Return to Work by Injured Workers

With the COVID-19 virus causing economic disruption, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute would like to share the findings from a study it published in 2010 that sheds light on how a typical recession affects the return to work of injured …

Virginia Forms Task Force to Block Worker Misclassification

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed an executive order establishing a task force to come up with a plan to prevent worker misclassification and payroll fraud. The state estimates that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors costs Virginia as …