COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will hold two virtual town halls Friday to address issues related to fraud, extended federal benefits, and the new online system.
The first town hall is Friday, January 22 at 11:30 a.m. and will be offered in English. The second session is in Spanish at 1:30 p.m. You can join the virtual event by phone or online. Meeting information will be posted on the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's website Friday morning.
Since the expiration of the CARES Act at the end of last year, the state experienced a surge in fraudulent unemployment claims, with many Coloradans having their identity stolen.
The state has worked to identify the false claims and has adjusted its unemployment numbers.
However, one set of numbers that is still missing is those who receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Those who receive PUA benefits, such as contractors and gig workers, haven't been able to receive benefits since the last week of December due to the extension of federal benefits and a system update.
At last check, the state told KRDO that PUA benefits should be available by the end of January or mid-February. KRDO checked in again with the state on Thursday and is awaiting a response. Those affected will be contacted directly with more information.