To insure proper payment of unemployment benefits, the department utilizes three types of audit programs:
Quality Control - Each week unemployment claims are randomly selected for a thorough investigation to determine whether the claim was properly established and whether benefits were properly paid. This investigation requires department representatives to personally contact the claimant's previous employers to review pertinent wage and separation information.
If you were not a previous employer of the claimant, but the claimant listed your firm as a contact in an effort to secure employment, department representatives may also verify such contact with you.
Post Audit - This program is used to detect individuals who may be working and receiving wages while collecting unemployment benefits. A "Wage/Earnings" audit form may be mailed to you when you have reported wages in the same calendar quarter in which benefits have been paid. By completing and returning this report, you provide information which can assist the department in detecting unemployment overpayments. Detection and recovery of overpaid benefits can result in credits to your experience rating account.
"New Hire" Directory Audit - The "New Hire" directory is a database of information on all newly hired employees. A "New Hire" audit form may be mailed to you when you have reported the claimant as a new hire or rehire. This audit is similar to the Post Audit, but is conducted weekly as opposed to quarterly.