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TITLE 72
WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND RELATED LAWS — INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
CHAPTER 13
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW
72-1369.  Overpayments, civil penalties and interest — Collection and waiver. (1) Any person who received benefits to which he was not entitled under the provisions of this chapter or under an unemployment insurance law of any state or of the federal government shall be liable to repay the benefits, and the benefits shall, for the purpose of this chapter, be considered to be overpayments.
(2)  Civil penalties. The director shall assess the following monetary penalties for each determination in which the claimant is found to have made a false statement, misrepresentation, or failed to report a material fact to the department:
(a)  Twenty-five percent (25%) of any resulting overpayment for the first determination;
(b)  Fifty percent (50%) of any resulting overpayment for the second determination; and
(c)  One hundred percent (100%) of any resulting overpayment for the third and any subsequent determination.
(3)  Any overpayment, civil penalty and/or interest that has not been repaid may, in addition to or alternatively to any other method of collection prescribed in this chapter, including the creation of a lien as provided by section 72-1360, Idaho Code, be collected with interest thereon at the rate prescribed in section 72-1360(2), Idaho Code. The director may also file a civil action in the name of the state of Idaho. In bringing such civil actions for the collection of overpayments, penalties and interest, the director shall have all the rights and remedies provided by the laws of this state, and any person adjudged liable in such civil action for any overpayments shall pay the costs of such action. A civil action filed pursuant to this subsection shall be commenced within five (5) years from the date of the final determination establishing liability to repay. Any judgment obtained pursuant to this section shall, upon compliance with the requirements of chapter 19, title 45, Idaho Code, become a lien of the same type, duration and priority as if it were created pursuant to section 72-1360, Idaho Code.
(4)  Collection of overpayments and civil penalties.
(a)  Overpayments, other than those resulting from a false statement, misrepresentation, or failure to report a material fact by the claimant, that have not been repaid or collected may, at the discretion of the director, be deducted from any future benefits payable to the claimant under the provisions of this chapter. Such overpayments not recovered within five (5) years from the date of the final determination establishing liability to repay may be deemed uncollectible.
(b)  Overpayments resulting from a false statement, misrepresentation, or failure to report a material fact by the claimant that have not been recovered within eight (8) years from the date of the final determination establishing liability to repay may be deemed uncollectible.
(c)  The civil penalty assessed pursuant to subsection (2) of this section shall be paid as follows:
(i)  An amount totaling fifteen percent (15%) of the overpayment shall be paid into the employment security fund created in section 72-1346, Idaho Code; and
(ii)  Any additional amounts collected shall be paid into the employment security administrative and reimbursement fund created in section 72-1348, Idaho Code.
(5)  The director may waive the requirement to repay an overpayment, other than one resulting from a false statement, misrepresentation, or failure to report a material fact by the claimant, and interest thereon, if:
(a)  The benefit payments were made solely as a result of department error or inadvertence and made to a claimant who could not reasonably have been expected to recognize the error; or
(b)  Such payments were made solely as a result of an employer misreporting wages earned in a claimant’s base period and made to a claimant who could not reasonably have been expected to recognize an error in the wages reported.
(6)  Neither the director nor any of his agents or employees shall be liable for benefits paid to persons not entitled to the same under the provisions of this chapter if it appears that such payments have been made in good faith and that ordinary care and diligence have been used in the determination of the validity of the claim or claims under which such benefits have been paid.
(7)  The director shall have discretion to compromise any or all of an overpayment, civil penalty, interest, or fifty-two (52) week disqualification assessed under subsections (1) and (2) of this section and section 72-1366(12), Idaho Code, when the director finds it is in the best interest of the department.

History:
[72-1369, added 1947, ch. 269, sec. 69, p. 793; am. 1949, ch. 144, sec. 69, p. 252; am. 1973, ch. 89, sec. 3, p. 146; am. 1980, ch. 264, sec. 12, p. 699; am. 1983, ch. 146, sec. 8, p. 397; am. 1986, ch. 24, sec. 3, p. 76; am. 1990, ch. 353, sec. 4, p. 955; am. 1993, ch. 181, sec. 2, p. 462; am. 1997, ch. 205, sec. 8, p. 618; am. 1998, ch. 1, sec. 88, p. 86; am. 1999, ch. 101, sec. 3, p. 321; am. 2005, ch. 5, sec. 15, p. 29; am. 2010, ch. 114, sec. 6, p. 239; am. 2013, ch. 103, sec. 2, p. 245; am. 2015, ch. 195, sec. 1, p. 603; am. 2021, ch. 243, sec. 5, p. 759.]


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