The Guam Department of Labor warned that refusing work in order to collect unemployment benefits is considered fraud by the federal government. This includes calling in sick in order to qualify for unemployment at reduced hours.
“As island businesses slowly open up, it has been brought to my attention that some employers are struggling with their workers calling in sick once a week so that they can claim reduced hours on their unemployment applications. This is a type of fraud and could disqualify individuals from receiving assistance,” said Department of Labor Director David Dell’Isola.
Dell' Isola urged employers to first talk with their employees and warn them of the consequences if they suspect them of calling in sick just to claim unemployment.
"Let them know their actions can cause their whole claim to be ineligible for payment,” Dell’Isola added.