Appeals Division (800) 821-3550
Claimant Services (800) 244-5631
Employer Assistance (312) 793-4880 or
Magnetic Media Unit (312) 793-6298 or
New Hire Reporting (800) 327-4473
ABOUT THIS HANDBOOK...
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) developed the Illinois Unemployment
Insurance Law Handbook in response to a need for a single, comprehensive, and updated
publication. The Handbook provides interested parties with the Illinois Unemployment Insurance
statutes, rules, interpretive guides, and selected precedent decisions of the Board of Review (the
final administrative appeals tribunal) and the Illinois appellate courts. The Handbook is available
as hardcopy in a binder or on CD-ROM. Additionally, this publication includes selected facsimiles
of forms used in the Department's administration of the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act.
The Handbook contains detailed information pertaining to unemployment insurance needed by
employers, claimants, entrepreneurs, lawyers and accountants, employer and labor organizations as
well as government agencies and non-profit organizations. Information in the Handbook provides
answers to questions such as employer contributions, covered and exempt wages, independent
contractors, labor disputes, purchase and sale of a business, tax calculations and liability of
employers, government entities and non-profit organizations and their responsibilities under the
Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act. The Handbook also includes information about appeals
procedures and benefit eligibility.
For easy access to the desired information in the hardcopy version, two copies of the Tables of
Contents are included. One set is at the front of the book and another is placed in front of each
section of the Handbook. In the CD-ROM version of the Handbook, the Table of Contents will be
linked directly to the related text. A users' comment form is included with both versions of this
Handbook. We encourage you to let us know how we can improve this publication.
The hardcopy version of the Handbook is updated periodically with new information. Both
subscribers of the CD-ROM and the hardcopy version of this Handbook can access summaries of
recent updates on the IDES Web site (www.ides.state.il.us). Hardcopy information updates will be
mailed to all subscribers of the hardcopy version of the Handbook.
To order either version of the Handbook, complete the following form and mail to the address
shown along with your remittance (payable to the Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Title III). For subscribers of the hardcopy version, this payment will cover the cost of the
Handbook and any updates sent to you during this calendar year. As a subscriber, you will be
notified of the annual subscription cost (currently $45.00).
Users who have questions about information or issues covered in the Handbook or other questions
pertaining to the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act should call the appropriate telephone
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