If I am an employer and just saw a statement of benefit charges and noticed and an employee is still collecting unemployment checks while collecting salary, can the company be penalized?

Asked on November 10, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Only if your company had facilitated or conspired with the employee to enable him or her to do this would it face liability or a penalty; if your company was unware that the employee was defrauding the unemployment insurance office, it would not be liable. You are not responsible for something done without your knowledge, consent, or assistance.

Since you now know of the double dipping, you should contact the unemployment office and pass on your information, so they may investigate and take appropriate matter.

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