Your State’s Unemployment Laws: Illinois

We at Unemployment Solutions for You proudly offer our unemployment claims management services across the United States. We are a leader in our industry not only because we offer an outstanding product, but also because we have a deep knowledge-base in the many differing unemployment laws across the 50 states. Part of our mission is to also educate you about how these laws may differ from state to state because those differences can affect you directly. So, join us on our continuing series, in which we explore the differences in unemployment eligibility, tax rate ranges, base periods, and much more in each state. This month, in Your State’s Unemployment Tax Laws, we’ll be looking at Illinois, the Prairie State. Eligibility for Claimants Claimants are eligible to collect unemployment insurance if they meet the minimum requirements: Earn at least $1,600 during a recent 12-month base period Earned at least $440 outside of this base period quarter in which earnings were highest The employer must be in an applicable designation which excludes certain agricultural, domestic, railroad, and government work, as well as work done for one’s family and on commission Working more than 20 hours Unemployment must be involuntary Must be able, willing, and available to work Actively seeking employment So then, how does this affect your business? Your business’ tax rate will be affected by your business’ Experience Rate (which is calculated from the amount of UI benefits paid to former employees over the past 3 years). The more unemployment caused by the employer – the higher the rate. Here are the tax rates for Illinois Employer UI Contribution Tax...