Emergency Unemployment Rules Adopted As COVID-19 Response

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency rules in an attempt to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive as possible to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under the emergency rules:

At this point, no additional unemployment benefits have been made available to those who have already received the full 26 weeks worth of benefits for their current benefit years.   Employers, particularly those in the service industry, have difficult decisions to make in the coming week(s) as to laying off staff in these difficult times.  Factors to consider include expected loss of revenues, maintaining any benefits, as well as the potential significant impact on unemployment taxes the employer must pay in the future.  The attorneys at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. are available to provide your business guidance in these challenging times. 


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