For Workers

Has your employment been impacted by COVID-19? Has your Employer closed its doors because of COVID-19? If so, the following is a resource aimed to help you with next steps…

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DCEO Employment & Training Services

Provides workforce skills training to assist workers and companies. Resources include job training, job search and more.


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Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Learn more about IDES COVID-19 unemployment benefits. IDES has assembled FAQs about Unemployment Insurance and the COVID emergency. Please carefully read these FAQs outlined below.

  • Unemployment for Workers Laid Off Due to COVID-19

    Workers laid off due to COVID qualify for UI so long as they are prepared to return to work.

  • Workers Sent Home due to Sickness

    Workers sent home due to COVID illness or quarantine, or are caring for an affected family member, are also eligible for UI coverage.

  • Wait for UI Coverage

    IDES is waiving the standard 1 week wait to be eligible for UI coverage.

  • Expanded UI Benefits

    The CARES Act expanded UI benefits to cover up to 39 weeks of assistance and include an additional $600 a week for up to four months.

  • 1099 Independent Contractors

    1099 independent contractors now qualify for unemployment under IDES. Contractors are eligible to receive 39 weeks of benefits. The goal is that the IDES will have the application live the week of March 11th and applicants will be eligible for back pay up to January 27th.


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Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Expansion

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires most companies and nonprofits under 500 employees to provide extended family and medical leave benefits and up to two weeks of paid sick leave to their employees for COVID-19 related reasons.

  • Paid Sick Leave

    Two weeks of paid sick leave is available to all employees until December 31, 2020. For employees that are unable to work because they are quarantined or experiencing COVID symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis, they should receive their regular rate of pay. For employees who are unable to work because they are caring for an individual subject to quarantine or a child whose school or childcare closed, they should receive 2/3 of regular pay.

  • Family and Medical Leave

    Extends Family and Medical Leave benefits, adding up to 10 weeks of paid leave, to employees of companies with fewer than 500 workers if caring for a child whose school or day care has closed. The pay is at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay. This FMLA extension is available until December 31, 2020.

  • Employer Coverage

    Employers will pay up-front but will receive tax credits to recover the costs. Companies under 50 employees may apply for an exemption to provide leave due to school closings or childcare unavailability if it jeopardizes the viability of the business.


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All In Illinois

Join Governor JB Pritzker and famous Illinoisans and Illinois natives by taking the pledge here Allin.Illinois.gov.