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IDES Audits Are Resuming!: Illinois Companies Who Use Independent Contractors Should Prepare Prior To Receiving A Notice Of IDES Audit!

By Nancy E. Joerg / September 10, 2020

We are seeing Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) audits starting to resume! When an Illinois company who uses independent contractors is audited by the IDES, the company often thinks they are “innocent until proven guilty” on the independent contractor issue. WRONG! WORKERS ARE PRESUMED TO BE EMPLOYEES: The legal requirement for a company using…

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Illinois Companies Using Independent Contractors Must Now Handle IDES Notices of Claims: What Should Illinois Companies Do?

By Nancy E. Joerg / May 7, 2020

We now know the basic outline of how the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will process independent contractor unemployment insurance claims. The IDES issued a press release on May 5, 2020 about 1099 workers who have lost work due to COVID-19. The IDES press release states: “Workers who believe they may be eligible for…

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Employers in the COVID-19 Era Need to Have a Good Grasp on Unemployment Insurance Issues: Things are Changing Fast!

By Nancy E. Joerg / April 27, 2020

UNDERSTANDING THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM IN AMERICA: Unemployment insurance benefits in the United States started in Wisconsin in 1932. Then came the Social Security Act of 1935 in which the U.S. Federal government encouraged individual states to adopt unemployment insurance plans. In today’s world, the unemployment insurance system across America is run differently in each…

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The Latest from the IDES Regarding Independent Contractors: What Has Changed in the COVID-19 Era?

By Nancy E. Joerg / April 14, 2020

As I write this article in the COVID-19 era with the purpose of assisting Illinois companies who use independent contractors, things are moving rapidly in terms of new federal laws, regulations and state guidelines. Changes are occurring at the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) with shocking speed! NEW REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES CHANGING ALMOST WEEKLY:…

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Illinois Employers Keeping up with COVID-19 and IDES: Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Coronavirus

By Nancy E. Joerg / April 2, 2020

Illinois employers take note! The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has a new notice on its website addressing the remarkable expansion of unemployment insurance benefits under the federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act). The IDES states that not everyone will be eligible for all the…

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Illinois Employers Need to Understand Changes to Unemployment Insurance Due to Covid-19

By Nancy E. Joerg / March 31, 2020

In this remarkable era of coronavirus legislative relief from Congress, many new laws are impacting employers. This naturally is very stressful because there is suddenly “a new normal” about so many aspects of the workplace. Employers are being asked to adapt very quickly to a virtual ocean of new legislation, and the unemployment insurance area…

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Alert to Illinois Employers: Understanding the New IDES Unemployment Insurance Climate in the Coronavirus Era!

By Nancy E. Joerg / March 26, 2020

Yesterday, Congressional leaders passed a historic federal stimulus package in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The bill now travels to The House of Representatives for approval before being signed by President Trump. ​ ​ The legislation includes a new pandemic unemployment assistance program, which would provide unemployment insurance benefits to those who are unemployed,…

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Finally! The Illinois Department Of Human Rights Has Posted Helpful Information About Their Upcoming Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Module!

By Nancy E. Joerg / February 21, 2020

Under the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act, ALL Illinois employers are now legally required to train every employee each calendar year. This new law became effective on January 1, 2020. By December 31, 2020, Illinois employers must have trained all their employees. Every employer with employees working in the State of Illinois (even if the employer…

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The New Illinois Law Regarding Severance And Release Agreements: Five Commonly Asked Questions

By Nancy E. Joerg / January 3, 2020

Illinois employers have been truly shell-shocked with many new (and sometimes vague or confusing!) employment laws that became effective January 1, 2020. One big and somewhat surprising change in Illinois law is the new requirement that Illinois employers give certain special treatment to Separation and Release Agreements. The following are five commonly asked questions from…

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Yes, You Can Win Before an IDES Hearing Officer on the Issue of Independent Contractor Status!!

By Nancy E. Joerg / December 13, 2019

Many clients are convinced that it is “hopeless” to protest the often disappointing results of an Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) audit and then win at a Hearing before an IDES Hearing Officer. It is true that IDES Hearing Officers (called Administrative Law Judges) are employees of the IDES. Therefore, clients often believe that…

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