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Jan24

unemployement eligibility?

We have a retail operation here in Illinois and was wondering about being liable for unemployment benefits. We have recently hired a part time employee, he has worked for 3 weeks and is leaving to go away for 4 weeks because of personnel reasons. Also we are not happy with his work and were not going to have him back after his departure. Would we be liable for unemployment benefits , i am little confused about the requirements to be eligible for benefits.

In Illinois as in most other states, the most recent employer is the chargeable employer. This means if this employee qualifies for unemployment benefits, you will be the chargeable employer. Even if he worked for another company for 5 years, and worked for your firm for 3 weeks, as the most recent employer you are chargeable.

If the employee has an intermittent work history, he may not have worked enough in the past 15 months to qualify for unemployment benefits.

Normally an employee who quits does not qualify for unemployment benefits. If you can convince the employee to give you a letter of resignation, that would be ideal. Otherwise, depending upon the reason for the absence, he may qualify for unemployment benefits if you terminate him.

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