Illinois Unemployment Insurance Update
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) put into place emergency rules to help workers impacted by the coronavirus shutdowns. Here are the significant emergency rules that may apply to your employees:
- An employee who is temporarily laid off because their place of work closed due to the coronavirus is eligible for benefits as long as he or she is willing and able to return to work as soon as the workplace is reopened. The seven day waiting period and the requirement that the applicant register with the state employment service have been waived.
- An employee who quits their job because of concern about the coronavirus or wants to stay home to take care of a child whose school is closed is not eligible for unemployment coverage unless there is another legally valid reason for the departure.
- An employee who is confined to their home because the employee or family member has COVID-19 or because of a government required quarantine is eligible for unemployment insurance but must register with the state employment service and actively seek work that could be preformed from the home.
The SBAC is advocating for the following additional emergency changes:
- A rule changes that would allow a parent who remains at home with a child whose school has closed because of the coronavirus to qualify for unemployment insurance as long as the parent seeks work that could be preformed from home.
- A 90-day grace period for paying unemployment taxes for a business that certifies it impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
- No increase in an employer’s contribution rate that is attributed to coronavirus layoffs.