HB1707: Unemployment compensation; notices of penalties for fraudulent claims for benefits, etc.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1707
House Amendments in [ ] -- January 29, 2013
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 6 of Chapter 6 of Title 60.2 a section numbered 60.2-636, relating to notices of penalties for fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation benefits.
Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Ransone

Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 6 of Chapter 6 of Title 60.2 a section numbered 60.2-636 as follows:

§ 60.2-636. Notice of penalties for false or misleading statements.

A. The Commission shall provide to each claimant notices of the sanctions to which the claimant is subject as a consequence of providing false or misleading statements to obtain unemployment benefits. The notices shall, at a minimum, (i) identify the penalties and sanctions to which any person is liable as a result of providing false or misleading statements to obtain benefits; (ii) inform the claimant that making a false statement or representation knowing it to be false or knowingly failing to disclose a material fact, with intent to obtain or increase any benefit or other payment under this title, [ the unemployment compensation act of any other state, or any program of the federal government, ] is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor; and (iii) provide a summary of all remedies available to the Commission to collect overpayments made to a claimant as a result of his making false or misleading statements to obtain benefits.

B. The notices required by subsection A shall be included with the written statement advising claimants of their benefit rights and responsibilities that is provided by the Commission to claimants following the filing of the initial claim. In addition, the notices shall be provided to claimants at the time of the filing of initial and weekly claims by the same medium, including telephone or the Internet, that is used by the claimant to file his claim.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1707

Offered January 9, 2013
Prefiled January 8, 2013
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 6 of Chapter 6 of Title 60.2 a section numbered 60.2-636, relating to notices of penalties for fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation benefits.
Patron-- Ransone

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 6 of Chapter 6 of Title 60.2 a section numbered 60.2-636 as follows:

60.2-636. Notice of penalties for false or misleading statements.

A. The Commission shall provide to each claimant notices of the sanctions to which the claimant is subject as a consequence of providing false or misleading statements to obtain unemployment benefits. The notices shall, at a minimum, (i) identify the penalties and sanctions to which any person is liable as a result of providing false or misleading statements to obtain benefits; (ii) inform the claimant that making a false statement or representation knowing it to be false or knowingly failing to disclose a material fact, with intent to obtain or increase any benefit or other payment under this title, the unemployment compensation act of any other state, or any program of the federal government, is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor; and (iii) provide a summary of all remedies available to the Commission to collect overpayments made to a claimant as a result of his making false or misleading statements to obtain benefits.

B. The notices required by subsection A shall be included with the written statement advising claimants of their benefit rights and responsibilities that is provided by the Commission to claimants following the filing of the initial claim. In addition, the notices shall be provided to claimants at the time of the filing of initial and weekly claims by the same medium, including telephone or the Internet, that is used by the claimant to file his claim.