The department and employers work together to prevent fraudulent claims. When an individual files a UI claim, we ask for several identifying pieces of data. In addition, employers assist the department in identifying whether the individual filing the claim is the correct individual. We notify the last employer, former employers, and current employers when a claim is filed.
The following actions help us prevent fraudulent claims:
Notice of Claim Filed and Request for Separation Information (LB-0810) is sent to the last employer when a UI claim is filed.
Employer Notice of Claim Filed card (LB-0502) is sent to all base period employers after a claimant files an initial claim.
A report is sent to employers each quarter stating benefits charged to their experience rating.
The department cross matches employee wage files against a database of UI claimants.
The department cross matches UI claimants’ Social Security numbers against those of inmates incarcerated in Tennessee’s prison system.
UI benefits are taxable, and we report the amount of benefits paid to the Internal Revenue Service. This is an additional safeguard.