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The Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act, like that of many other states, provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The program draws from a public policy that assumes “unemployment is a serious menace to the health, safety, morals and welfare” of the people of Illinois and is designed to “lighten its burden” for workers and their families.

The state administers unemployment compensation through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (www.ides.state.il.us/). Employees make no contributions to the program, which is funded entirely by employers. The law is complex and, in some cases, holds an employer liable for unemployment insurance (UI) payments even when a former employee wasn’t fired but quit.

Employers are required to post information about the state’s unemployment compensation program in the workplace. (You can download a copy of the poster at www.ides.state....(register to read more)

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