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Behrens, Curtiss K.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Management


The purpose of this project was to present information on unemployment insurance (UI) law in Illinois which could be utilized by employers who wish to fight UI benefit claims by their ex-employees. The paper begins with a discussion of the mechanics of the Illinois UI Program. Then, I focus on one way in which an employee can be disqualified from receiving benefits: misconduct. I examine the definition of misconduct and apply it to case law and two actual hearings that I was able to attend at the Elgin Illinois Department of Employment Security office. I met with a veteran hearing officer of the Elgin office on four different occasions and we talked three to four hours each time. I conducted the rest of my research by reading applicable sections of the Illinois UI Act, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's book entitled Unemployment Insurance Law in Illinois, and a lot of case law. The definition of misconduct is very strict, and the employer bears a substantial burden in proving that an ex-employee should not receive benefits. When appropriate, an employer should fight claims for UI benefits or else he or she will be faced with a high UI tax rate. To help prove his or her case, an employer must have sufficient documentation and credible witnesses who can provide first-hand testimony. It is difficult for employers to prove ineligibility, but they can be successful if they have a sound knowledge of UI law.


39 pages




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