What are my responsibilities as an employer?
Typically a business is required to make unemployment insurance contributions to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) if they have: 1) employed one or more workers in each of 20 or more calendar weeks; or 2) paid at least $1,500 in total wages during the calendar quarter. IDES offers a New Employer Packet. To request this packet, contact:
Department of Employment Security
Division of Unemployment Insurance
33 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(866) 212-8831 TTY
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the main licensing agency for the State of Illinois. IDFPR provides an on-line database listing every individual licensed with their agency.
Visit the IDFPR web site and click on “License Look-up” to learn if an individual is licensed in a certain profession or determine if a licensed number is valid.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for the enforcement of all anti-discrimination laws. These laws include: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Pay Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Business owners should acquaint themselves with these laws because they affect the company’s hiring practices. To order information on these laws, contact:
- EEOC Publications Office
PO Box 12549
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Material Orders Only TDD: 1-800-669-6820
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Under the Workers’ Compensation and Workers’ Occupational Diseases Acts, an employer is required to provide insurance for accidental deaths, injuries and occupational diseases of employees arising in the course of employment. Temporary workers who normally do not receive company benefits are still provided workers’ compensation. Insurance generally is purchased through private companies. Companies can apply to the Workers’ Compensation Commission to become self-insured. For a free handbook, contact:
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
100 West Randolph, 8-200
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Toll Free: 1-866-352-3033
Employment Service/Labor Market Information
The Illinois Department of Employment Security can assist you with finding new employees. Find out about labor market conditions and industry projections.
Wage Withholding for Child Support
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is the Child Support Enforcement Agency for the State of Illinois. If you (as an employer) are served a Notice of Withholding, you are required by law to withhold a portion of an employee’s income for payment of child support. For a copy of “Ensuring A Child’s Birthright: An Illinois Employer’s Guide To Income Withholding”, contact:
- Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Employer Verification Unit
PO Box 19405
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9405
In Cook County: 312-793-3289
Immigration Reform and Control
The Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires every employer to keep on file a form for every employee certifying that employee’s identity and work eligibility. For further Information contact:
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
219 South Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Required Posters for Illinois Employers
The Illinois Department of Labor’s website has a listing of State and Federal posters employers are required to display in the workplace. Visit their website for more details on how to obtain each poster.