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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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Absenteeism And Proof Of “Misconduct”

By Alan E. Seneczko / August 2, 2018

The Wisconsin Unemployment Compensation Act defines “misconduct” to include “absenteeism on more than 2 occasions within the 120-day period before the date of the employee’s termination, unless otherwise specified by [the] employer in an employment manual [which the employee has acknowledged receiving].” Wis. Stat. § 108.04(5)(e). What if the employer’s attendance policy defines excessive absenteeism,…

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Did You Fire Them or Did They Resign?

By Nancy E. Joerg / August 23, 2017

It often happens that an employee tells the employer that the employee is quitting…but later the employee claims the employer really fired the employee. How does this happen? Let’s look at a typical fictional example. Steve, a machine operator, decides that he wants to quit to go to see his sick grandmother who lives in…

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Minnesota Supreme Court holds that Employee Discharged for Lying on her Job Application was Ineligible for Unemployment Benefits due to “Misconduct”

By James B. Sherman / March 28, 2017

In Minnesota, as in most every state, terminated employees are not eligible for unemployment benefits if they are dismissed for misconduct. In 2003, the legislature amended the statute to define “employment misconduct” as “any intentional, negligent, or indifferent conduct, on the job or off the job that displays clearly: (1) a serious violation of the…

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Court Clarifies “Misconduct” and Attendance

By Alan E. Seneczko / March 27, 2017

In 2013, the Wisconsin legislature tightened the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits as they related to discharges for attendance. Under the previous law, an employee had to have “5 or more” absences without notice in a twelve-month period in order for his/her absenteeism to rise to the level of statutorily-defined misconduct. The legislature reduced that…

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