What’s Working: How ID.me navigates face masks and social engineering to battle Colorado unemployment fraud
Plus: The state Department of Labor and Employment is cracking down on unemployed workers who don’t show up for job interviews or respond to job offers.
What’s Working: Why there are at least 2,314 new technology jobs in Colorado
Plus, the latest on federal aid for restaurants and entertainment venues, fraud updates, and overpayment issues for the unemployed.
Unemployment fraudsters have cost Colorado at least $19.37 million
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has been able to prevent another $437.16 million in fraudulent claims from being paid out, officials said Friday
What’s Working: Colorado’s big BYE week for unemployment, the $10,200 tax question and our ongoing economic recovery
It’s been nearly a year since the state saw a record 104,217 Coloradans file for unemployment in a single week. Here’s a look at the where we are now.
Coloradans face hours-long delays as unemployment ID verification system is required for everyone receiving benefits
As fraud runs rampant, the state is now requiring those who haven’t been verified by the IDme tool to go ahead and do so in order to continue receiving jobless benefits.
Carman: The real question for Jared Polis’ critics: Where’s the beef?
Colorado's state auditor uncovered an accounting fiasco at the state Labor Department, and that should prompt more than mock outrage
Colorado’s unemployment system kept inadequate records on who was overpaid or not paid at all, auditor says
The annual financial report said the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment did not provide critical information needed for proper records keeping and oversight.
What’s Working: Forgivable loans for the unemployed, the end of pandemic jobless benefits is next week
Get back on the roller coaster that is Unemployed Colorado, which heads into the last week of federal unemployment benefits. What’s next plus: Dashboards, fraud updates and more!
International fraud rings with “local nexus” are attacking Colorado’s unemployment system, investigators suspect
The state has flagged 1.1 million unemployment claims as possible fraud since the pandemic began. No charges have been filed, but AG Phil Weiser has created a task force to find the culprits.
How scammers targeted Colorado’s unemployment system — and what the state is doing about it
The fallout of fraudulent claims for pandemic unemployment continues into 2021 as Colorado victims, employers and legitimate people on unemployment deal with impostors.
The restart of Colorado’s federal unemployment benefits has been uneven as thousands wait for their turn
At least 62,000 Coloradans on pandemic jobless benefits reopened their claims on Monday. But countless others must wait for Phase 2 to restart, on which an update that may come “by the end of week,” labor officials say.
What’s Working: What happened after the Colorado Dept. of Labor emailed 230,000 people that federal benefits were restarting
Plus: Clarity on the federal benefits rollout, getting verified against fraud when you don’t have a smartphone and yes, there are taxes on unemployment benefits
What’s Working: Here’s how Colorado is rolling out federal unemployment benefits, plus Paycheck loans are hopping
We get into acronyms again this week as the state Department of Labor shares how regular UI, PUA, PEUC and SEB systems are rolling out the $300 federal bonus payments
Colorado’s new effort to prevent unemployment fraud left two-thirds of suspect accounts failing to verify IDs
As the state combats fraud, it’s also planning to let victims know that their fraud reports have been addressed.
What’s Working: How ID.me will help get the jobless paid, a Denver program offering employers $6,000 to hire
Unemployment updates, fraud alerts, Paycheck loans and a list of what could come in the next federal relief plan.
Colorado unemployment office plans to use biometric ID verification to battle fraud
Fraud prevention measures have held up new federal jobless benefits to those on pandemic unemployment. “We are walking a tightrope here,” said Joe Barela, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s executive director.
Victims reported unemployment fraud to the Colorado Department of Labor. The state didn’t stop the claims.
Now some victims are getting tax forms for jobless benefits paid or learning their contested claims were ignored. State labor officials say they had to get funds out fast even as criminals targeted unemployment systems.
Colorado labor department blames fraud for 63% spike in new unemployment claims
New claims were unusually high in the week after Christmas -- even though pandemic benefits were no longer available. Fraudsters are now targeting the state’s regular unemployment system.
Unemployed Coloradans may have to wait 2-4 weeks before getting more federal aid
The good news is that an upgrade to the state labor department's computer systems may speed things along. But people whose benefits ended Dec. 26 will likely need to take action to get future payments.
New Colorado unemployment claims double over two-week span as businesses under COVID restrictions shed jobs
Hotels and restaurants are the top industries affected by new job claims, as battered Department of Labor deals with more fraud and investigating cases on hold for weeks, months