HARRISBURG, Pa., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Labor & Industry today announced an unemployment compensation (UC) amnesty program aimed at recouping monies owed to the state's UC fund.
The announcement was made by Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway at an event at the Philadelphia Free Library.
The UC amnesty program, the first of its kind in the state, runs from June 1 through Aug. 31. Claimants who have received UC benefits that they were not entitled to, as well as employers who have not made mandatory tax contributions to the UC trust fund, are being offered amnesty to repay what they owe at a discount.
Pennsylvania is giving those who owe the UC trust fund a chance to do the right thing and pay back what they owe at a discount during the amnesty period, Hearthway said.
"We need to keep the UC Trust Fund solvent and available for those who need and deserve benefits,'' Hearthway said.
"In addition to keeping something that you are not entitled to, having an outstanding obligation to the UC trust fund can cause problems with credit, future UC claims, and potentially the law, if not rectified.
"This opportunity has never been presented in our state, or anywhere in the United States," she said.
More than 130,000 individual claimants and nearly 50,000 employers will receive letters later this month advising them of the amnesty program, reminding them of how much they owe and instructing them how to pay it back.
Claimants and employers will be directed to an amnesty program website, makeitright.pa.gov, where they can find out more about the program and be connected to a payment portal.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry