Filing for Unemployment in Illinois
Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program, administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.
The program ensures that, if you meet the eligibility requirements of the law, you will have some income while you are looking for a job, up to a maximum of 26 full weeks in a one-year period, depending on when the claim was established. Link to Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook.
If your unemployment is a result of COVID-19 work stoppages, you could be eligible for unemployment benefits, provided that you were able to work and work was not provided to you due to a COVID-19 work stoppage.
Under traditional unemployment insurance rules, an individual who qualifies for unemployment benefits would have had to experience a one week waiting period before receiving unemployment benefits. In light of the COVID-19, this rule has been suspended.
When to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
You should apply for unemployment benefits as soon as your employment status has changed. If you are laid-off, or are working less than 8 hours per week, you should consider filing for unemployment benefits. IDES will process unemployment application in the order they are received, so you are encouraged to file a claim for unemployment benefits at the time your employment status has changed.
Cleaning Agents for COVID-19
Please find the link below for cleaning procedures to disinfect COVID-19 as well as a brief synopsis of the information provided in the link:
To disinfect surfaces from COVID-19, 1 minute or longer using the following:
- Concentrated Ethanol (70%+) (“Rubbing Alcohol”)
- Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide (0.5%)
- Diluted Sodium Hypochlorite (0.1%) (“Bleach”)
- Most household products (ie Lysol) containing Benzalkonium chloride are less effective
INTERNATIONAL UPDATE ON COVID-19
Please see the link from General President McCourt, General Secretary-Treasurer Greg Revard and the Insulators Union General Executive Board regarding the update on COVID-19.