Topic: ID Theft Protections
Sponsor: Representative Diana Farrington (R)
Introduced: October 24, 2017
Status: Signed into law December 20, 2017
Effective Date: March 21, 2018
Link to Legislation (read legislative history and the final Act here)
ISSUES WITH CURRENT LAW: The current law does not require the Agency to use all information provided by individuals applying for benefits to verify identification before making payments on claims.
WHAT THE NEW BILL DOES:
- Claimants must provide the Agency with their social security number and one of the following: driver’s license number, state ID number, or verification of identity using I-9 documents.
- The Agency shall request, but not require, individuals applying for benefits to submit their base period employer’s unemployment agency account number and federal employer ID number.
- The Agency will verify a claimant’s identity before making an initial payment.
HOW THE NEW BILL HELPS CLAIMANTS:
- This bill helps claimants by preventing others from using their information to collect benefits under their name.