UI Integrity in Alabama – Benefit Payment Audits
As part of UI Integrity legislation and the requirement to curb unnecessary overpayments, Alabama has announced its plan to actively enforce compliance of completing Benefit Payment Audits by employers. Per the state, these forms must be completed as instructed which can be accomplished in one of two ways. The preferred method is electronically via the eGov tool. An account can be created at http://www.labor.alabama.gov . From here, simply click on “Online Services” and then “Register for an eGov Account.” Once established, the employer will be able to go online and submit their responses to the Benefit Payment Audit Form, report all new and rehired employees, respond to any Request for Verification of Weekly Earnings, and file and pay taxes. The second method is to complete the form hardcopy. Since the document is barcoded and scanned by the state, if completed hardcopy, the original must be returned. Photocopies and faxes will not scan and will not be accepted. Alabama has also advised us that they will no longer accept wage/work history print outs in lieu of completion of the form. This does not meet the “as instructed” criteria outlined on the form. Each section must be completed in its entirety.
It is likely we will see similar vigilance by other states as well as it pertains to wage audit compliance.
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