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The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the federal government have made significant changes to the laws governing the availability of unemployment insurance benefits. These changes, which respond to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, expand eligibility and provide additional benefits to workers. Below are answers to several frequently asked questions regarding the recent developments and their effect on Illinois employers and workforces. IDES and the “Emergency Rule” Question 1. Are employees… Continue Reading Illinois Unemployment Benefits and COVID-19–Related Changes: What Employers Need to Know