Legislation to combat fraud and waste in Oklahoma’s unemployment system has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. House Bill 2505, sponsored by Sen. Dan Newberry, enacts a number of important reforms to limit exploitation and ensure benefits are directed to those who need them.
The measure requires the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to review at least five percent of cases where misconduct has been alleged in claims. Additionally, claimants must sign a form stating they will not commit fraud in claims.
“Oklahoma taxpayers fund these benefits to provide support for people who are transitioning between jobs, not those looking to exploit the system,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “Fraud and waste are simply unacceptable in systems that often provide support for needy families. I’m thankful to the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature for their support of legislation that strengthens our laws on unemployment.”
Rep. Randy McDaniel, author of the measure, said the bill will support economic opportunity.
“House Bill 2505 will prevent waste, fraud and abuse,” said McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City. “The measure is critical in our efforts to support fairness in the workforce as well as more economic opportunities in the state.”