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How To Claim Unemployment in Illinois

How To Claim Unemployment in Illinois

 

Claiming Unemployment in Illinois

You can claim a Illinois Unemployment claim online by visiting the State’s online portal BUT before doing so you should know a few facts. If you have recently been laid-off, terminated, or found yourself unemployed for any other reason you may want to consider the following:
  • You may have unpaid wages and unrealized overtime due from your ex-employer - this can be additional money for you over and above your unemployment compensation.
  • You may have a wrongful termination case against your ex-employer – this may yield an additional monetary settlement in your favor.
  By calling our office at (800) 965-1570 or completing the form below we can let you know, with no cost or obligation to you, if you are potentially leaving money on the table. If you have been DENIED an unemployment claim, or wish to have one of our attorneys represent you for a very low cost at your actual hearing, click here.

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Unemployment Claim Process in Illinois

It is important you understand that Unemployment compensation fraud is a FELONY Each offense is punishable by:
  • Up to five years in prison and
  • Up to $5,000 fine

Some Common Ways in Which Unemployment Fraud is Committed

According to the State’s website, here are some of the more common ways:
  • Making false statements that may alter or increase benefits, OR
  • Withholding information that may alter or increase benefits, OR
  • Failing to report work in order to obtain or increase benefits, OR
  • Failing to report earnings in order to obtain or increase benefits

HOW CAN YOU AVOID COMMITTING FRAUD?

REPORT ALL EARNINGS: Federal and state law require that you report all earnings before taxes are deducted, including wages earned from self-employment, while claiming unemployment compensation benefits ALL earnings must be reported in the week between Sunday and Saturday that you earned them, even if you have not been paid REPORT ALL WORK: Federal and state law require that you report all work, including self-employment, while claiming unemployment compensation benefits ALL work must be reported in the week between Sunday and Saturday that you worked, even if you have not been paid HOW DO I REPORT MY EARNINGS CORRECTLY? Keep track of the total hours you work each calendar week, Sunday through Saturday Your hourly rate of pay times the total hours worked equals your gross pay, which is the amount you must report You must report ALL earnings for the week you do the work, not the week you are paid To begin the filing of a Illinois unemployment claim in English, click here.

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