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$55M UIA Lawsuit Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

A Court of Claims judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement in a pandemic-era class action lawsuit that claimed the Unemployment Insurance Agency violated due process rights when it garnished wages or intercepted income tax refunds for determinations the plaintiffs appealed.

UIA Made Payments To Deceased, Incarcerated During Pandemic Era
Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The Unemployment Insurance Agency maintains it has either resolved or is working to fix problems around fraudulent claims after the fifth and final audit of its actions during the coronavirus pandemic released Thursday said it didn't do enough to identify and investigate potential claimant fraud.

UIA Beefs Up Anti-Fraud Efforts Using Federal Grant
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

The Unemployment Insurance Agency plans to expand its fight against fraud by pursuing bad actors and recovering federal and state money taken from taxpayers with the help of a $2.6 million federal grant.

UIA Launches Coaching Sessions For First-Time Filers
Monday, August 21, 2023

The Unemployment Insurance Agency is launching online guidance for those seeking jobless benefits for the first time.

Simplified UIA Claimant Roadmap Now Available
Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Unemployment Insurance Agency announced Thursday that those seeking unemployment benefits can follow six simple steps to teach them how to file and receive jobless benefits.

10K 'Bogus' Jobless Claims Blocked By UIA
Thursday, August 3, 2023

The Unemployment Insurance Agency Thursday said it has been able to identify more than 10,000 phony claims filed by fraudsters during a three-day period, with no money paid out to the illegitimate claimants.

Former UIA Contract Worker Sentenced To 18 Months For Stealing PUA
Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Semaje Reffigee, one of four former Unemployment Insurance Agency staff or contract workers who have been convicted of unemployment insurance crimes, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Tuesday.

Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction In UIA Practices Lawsuit
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a union group's request for a preliminary injunction against the Unemployment Insurance Agency in an ongoing lawsuit that claims the agency's director and state policymakers were operating in a way that violates residents' due process rights.

UIA Names New Bureau Leader
Monday, June 5, 2023

The Unemployment Insurance Agency announced Monday Kim Breitmeyer will act as the agency's legal advisor and leader of the new Legal and Compliance Bureau.

19 Months In, Dale Says Perception Of UIA Is Starting To Change
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

MACKINAC ISLAND – Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Julia Dale has been on the job for 19 months and in two more, she'll be the longest serving leader at the agency in a decade.

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