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Mass.: Employer Charged with Nonpayment of Unemployment Contributions

By Diane Cadrain  7/10/2014
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A Cape Cod employer is facing multiple counts of failure to pay unemployment contributions, creating a delinquency of over $242,000.

Barbara Niggel, who owns three fitness centers, Willy’s LLC, of Hyannis, R&J Productions, Inc., of Orleans, and Willy’s World Wellness & Conference Center, of Eastham, allegedly failed to make the contributions between 2008 and 2011. She continued to pay her employees during that period, but at times failed to file the companies’ tax reports, resulting in the delinquency.

She and her businesses face a total of 62 counts of nonpayment of employer contributions.

Meanwhile, in other Bay State unemployment news, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in June 2014 became aware that a multi-state unemployment insurance fraud scheme has resulted in the Bay State paying over $280,000 in fraudulent claims since March. As reported by the State House News Service, Massachusetts uncovered the fraudulent scheme and barred an additional 500 claims, preventing the payout of about $9.3 million.

 “I don’t know [whether] it’s one individual or one entity but there are patterns that suggest it might be contained,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprelian told the State House News Service. “These things are serious, but we also feel we have identified it and we expended very little before we were able to cut them off at the knees.”

Diane Cadrain is an attorney who has been writing about employment law issues for more than 20 years.
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