Unemployment expanded as state shuts “non-essential” businesses


The state has expanded unemployment benefits

State implements rules allowing affected workers to receive unemployment benefits

If you have been laid off as the result of the State of Illinois’ COVID-19 virus remediation efforts, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits.

That’s a result of “emergency rules” implemented by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

It makes laid off workers eligible for benefits they wouldn’t normally qualify for, according to changes the state made on March 13th.

Any workers laid off should file for unemployment benefits immediately, as filings are typically not retroactive.

Illinois “lockdown” order

Governor Pritzker has ordered the closure of “non-essential” businesses throughout the state in his “shelter in place” order, effective today, March 21st at 5:00PM.

The order is an attempt to get Illinoisans to limit their physical proximity to other persons or groups, often referred to by the term “social distancing”, in order to control the spread of the virus.

Activities not restricted by the order include shopping for essentials such as groceries, medical supplies including prescriptions, carry out meals at participating restaurants, fuel such as gasoline and diesel, and medical attention.

The federal CDC recommends keeping a six-foot distance between you and any other people, regardless of their apparent state of healthiness.

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