Published on May 26th, 2012 by Alan L Sklover
Dependent Audits are On the Rise.
In recent months, more and more corporate, institutional and public employers are performing random “dependent audits.”
Why? Many employers provide their employees with reduced premiums for health, life and other forms of insurance. These are rather expensive subsidies, intended to make the employer a more attractive place to work. These subsidies are intended for employees and their immediate families.
However, many employees are tempted to, for example, help their sisters, parents, friends and others get low-cost insurance by listing them on their employer-provided insurance policies as, for example, children, spouses or domestic partners.
This is wrong, a kind of theft or fraud, and possibly criminal. Employers are increasingly performing random “dependent audits,” insisting on seeing documentation to prove listed status, such as birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, marriage licenses, or other indicators of true relation.
If you have been tempted, or are tempted to assist a relative, friend or loved one in this dishonest way, think again. It could result in job loss, career damage, lawsuit or even criminal prosecution. If you have made this mistake, mend your ways as soon as possible.
Caution: Danger Ahead.
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