On February 17, 2021

Gov. Scott announced identity protection services for all 2020 unemployment insurance claimants

Governor Phil Scott announced Feb. 10 that the state will provide a suite of identity protection services to all unemployment insurance claimants who will receive a 2020 1099-G from the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL). This service is being provided in response to the inadvertent disclosure that occurred on Jan. 29 when VDOL mailed incorrect 1099-G forms to some unemployment claimants.

“Protecting Vermonters and their personal information is my top priority in this situation, and I encourage all claimants to enroll in these services,” said Governor Scott. “I know this does not make up for the concerns this incident has caused, but I do hope it provides some reassurance that your identity can be protected and monitored, and in worst case scenarios, expenses will be covered to restore incurred losses.”

While not all unemployment insurance claimants were impacted by the unintentional disclosure, the state will offer these services to the more than 100,000 unemployment beneficiaries, out of an abundance of caution, Scott said.

Claimants will receive direct notification containing instructions from IDX, the state’s contracted vendor. As soon as claimants sign up, protections will be retroactive to Jan. 29, the date of the incident and protection will last for a minimum of 12 months.

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