Report Fraud on the Colorado Department of Labor Website
The unemployment rate in Colorado is currently 8.5 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). This is slightly less than the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. As more and more employers are affected by the rising costs of unemployment, employers are asking what they can do about fraudulent claims and overpayments of unemployment compensation. The CDLE has answered these questions with a new section on its website titled “Fraud and Integrity,” which facilitates the reporting of fraud.
The Benefit Payment Control (BPC) unit within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is tasked with protecting the Colorado unemployment program by investigating claimants and employers to ensure compliance with unemployment laws and regulations. This responsibility includes pursuing and collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI) overpayments to claimants. Once collected, these overpayments are credited back to employer’s premium accounts that were initially charged with the UI benefit payments and to the UI Trust Fund. To ensure compliance, the BPC unit monitors UI claims past and present to make sure benefits are properly paid. Through detection programs and random audits, BPC establishes overpayments and when applicable, identifies and prevents acts of fraud by both claimants and employers.