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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Unemployment Insurance

  1. Use Illinois JobLink To Search For A Job.
    ​Illinois JobLink is IDES' online database that helps connect job seekers to employers in Illinois and throughout the country.

    Please note: if you file an Unemployment Insurance claim on or after July 17, 2016 and you are subject to the registration requirement, you must complete your registration immediately through www.IllinoisJobLink.com. Your Unemployment Insurance benefits will not be paid until your registration is complete.

  2. Accurately Report the Reason You Are Unemployed.
    Accurately report your reason for separation from your job when you initially file your claim for benefits.

  3. Report Any Wages You Are Earning.
    You must report your gross wages for e​ach week you work. Report all earnings, including part-time or temporary work.

  4. Be Available for Work.
    In order to collect benefits, you must continually certify that you are able, available and willing to accept suitable work.

  5. Actively Search for Work.
    You must search for work each week or benefits may be denied.

  6. Develop & Document an Effective Work Search Plan.
    An organized and documented job search improves your chances of employment. All claimants are required by law to document work search activities.

  7. Do Not Pay An Agent To File Your Claim.
    The use of paid third-parties to file your claim and/or communicate with IDES is very risky and discouraged. Do not share your personal information with anyone.

  8. Do Not Commit Fraud.
    Follow the rules to prevent yourself from committing fraud. Failure to follow legal requirements has serious consequences.

  9. Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help.
    If you have questions, please visit an IDES office​​ or call (800) 244-5631

  10. Don't Delay - As soon As You Begin Working Again, Report Your Return to Work.
    Notify IDES as soon as you begin working. Avoid committing fraud; do not wait until you receive your first paycheck.

Note: Any information submitted by you to IDES may be verified through computer matching progams in order to determine your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits.​

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