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Free UI fraud prevention workshop for employers

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CRANSTON – The state labor department has seats available at its free unemployment insurance workshop scheduled for Thursday.

The workshop is one of three workshops the department is hosting in November on employment-related insurance fraud.

The first one, on how to prevent unemployment insurance fraud, still has seats available and will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Showcase Cinemas in Warwick. The discussion will cover the legislative changes to the taxable wage that will take effect on Jan. 1.

Experts will also discuss “the problems of working and collecting, review recent efforts to improve fraud detection, and to highlight the importance of employer assistance in combating UI fraud,” the DLT said.

There are two other workshops scheduled but are at capacity; however the department is compiling waiting lists for both events and if interest warrants, may repeat the workshops at a later date, the department said.

On Nov. 15, a workshop entitled “Preventing Workers’ Compensation and Temporary Disability Insurance Fraud” will explain how to identify fraud as well as how to document and report it.

On Nov. 21, the “Preventing Worker Misclassification” will explain how to use 1099 forms and independent contractor designations. Experts will explain the distinction between employer and employee definitions, reviews proper record-keeping and explain the penalties for misclassifying workers.

To register for the event, go to www.dlt.ri.gov and click on “Free Employer Workshops.”

"It is our public responsibility, as a government agency, to be proactive in combating fraud, both among benefit recipients and businesses," said Director of Labor and Training Charles J. Fogarty. "We believe that one of the most productive ways to combat fraud is to educate businesses on how to report fraud when it occurs and to prevent it from happening in the first place."

The labor department received a $1.1 million federal grant to fund community outreach on fraud prevention, and other programs including: expediting the wage verification process and for using federal tax offsets to recoup benefit overpayments.

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