Between 2013-2015 the Michigan Unemployment Agency assessed thousands of Michigan workers with claims of fraud pertaining to unemployment benefits. Although the state claims it was doing everything by the book, those who have filed suit against the state of Michigan and Michigan legislators have indicated that the problem with improper adjudications pertaining to unemployment matters started when the state switched over to a new computer system and laid off approximately 400 people in the process. Estimates indicate that approximately 60,000 filed claims during this period should be re-reviewed by in person unemployment adjudicators. A high percentage of the Michigan unemployment fraud cases brought before administrative law judges have been summarily dismissed on multiple grounds.
The law firm of Seth T. Seidell, has specialized in Michigan unemployment matters since 1998, including many cases involving misrepresentation and fraud. Although each case is unique based on its own facts, the Seidell law firm has been highly successful in winning many of those cases. If you believe that you have been mistakenly charged with fraud and/or misrepresentation by the Michigan unemployment agency, and whether or not your appeal period has run out, you may still be entitled to a review of your claim by a state administrative law judge or otherwise.
Why should you seek legal counsel at a Michigan Unemployment administrative hearing? Many times decisions made by the Michigan unemployment agency at the early stages of the claim process (e.g. determination/redetermination) are made incorrectly. Claimant’s wrongfully believe because they are denied unemployment benefits at the claim process stage their chances of winning on appeal are limited so they give up. In addition, the state of Michigan is issuing erroneous decisions in far greater numbers than ever before indicating that employees have committed fraud or misrepresentation. Fraud and misrepresentation cases can carry serious consequences if it is found that fraud or misrepresentation exists, including large penalties, interest, and possibly even leading to becoming a criminal matter.
Lawyer for Unemployment Hearing
The Seidell Law firm has a proven history of successfully representing employers and employees at Michigan unemployment hearings since 1998, including hearings involving misrepresentation and fraud, with over 500 hearings conducted.* (*Success of any case is directly related to all the facts and circumstances). Reasons why employees (claimants) should seek legal counsel for Michigan unemployment hearings, especially those involving fraud or misrepresentation, include:
- Employees don’t understand the law or burden of proof requirements
- Employees can’t anticipate issues that will come up
- Employees aren’t well versed in the process, such as the presentation of relevant evidence, offering of testimony, and cross examining of witnesses