Business owners criticize state’s response time over reforming Department of Workforce Solutions

For some New Mexico business owners like Karie Taylor, she said these changes didn’t come soon enough, and has been worried about potential unemployment fraud costing her money.

Taylor runs a property management company in Albuquerque. Back in fall 2020, she said she started to received strange letters from the Department of Workforce Solutions that claimed a former employee of hers lied about their employment. Last month, she received a letter that said she made a claim for herself. 

“Well, no owner would make a claim for unemployment for their companies,” she said.

Taylor then learned of another claim from someone who lied about working for her. A letter showed that this person could receive as much as $5,000 in benefits over the course of a year.

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