A New Law says Corporations Must Register their Officers through the Employment Security DepartmentPosted: Updated:
A new law adopted by state lawmakers is asking corporations to register their officers, but the businesses have been questioning the forms they have to submit.
They are questioning whether or not these forms they are receiving in the mail are legit, because registering their officers with the employment security department means giving out personal information like social security numbers and corporations want to make sure they are ending up in the right hands.
With identity theft constantly on peoples minds when a letter arrives in the mail asking for your employees personal information red flags usually go up. Because of the new law passed the Employment Security Department is receiving 100's of calls and emails a day because of just that.
Hilary Young, Communication Manger for the Employment Security Department of Washington State, wants corporations to know that this is a new law and that it is not a fishing scam it is not somebody trying to steal their identity.
The new law went into effect because corporate officers are not eligible for unemployment benefits or taxes but because of fraud and a lack of knowledge many were receiving them and by having them registered this problem will stop.
Young says it was a fairly widespread problem enough that the legislature wanted to pass a law to address it.
The Better Business Bureau suggests you always double check where letters like these come from and who they are being sent back to.
Norma Miller of the Better Business Bureau says unless you know what you are looking for you have to have your antennas up and make sure you send it back to a legit company or you could fall victim to identity theft.
If you do receive one of the letters you can double check it's validity on the employment security web site.
All corporate officer registration forms must be sent in by September 30th.