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|Are you a new employer and need to register or file with IDES?
||If so, your newly created employing unit must file a UI-1 form with IDES within 30 days of start-up...
|What are the Quarterly Filing Requirements for Employers?
||Employers must file wage reports (Form UI-3/40) and pay contributions in the month after the close of each calendar quarter - that is, on or before April 30, July 31, October 31 and January 31...
|What Are Employer Contribution (Tax) Rates?
||State Experience Factor & Employers' UI Contribution Rates (EA-50)...
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|How do I find out my username or password for Illinois JobLink?
||Call the Illinois JobLink Help Desk. For both username or password retrieval, you'll be asked for the employer FEIN in order to locate the account.
|Are you a Small Employer?
||An employer whose contribution rate is 5.4% or higher and whose total quarterly wages are less than $50,000 pays contributions at 5.4% in that quarter...
|Will employers be able to submit unemployment benefit claim protests electronically?
||In early 2013, IDES plans to implement the SIDES E-Response website. For employers with a limited number of UI claims throughout the year, the SIDES E-Response website provides an easy and efficient portal for electronically posting responses in a secure, electronic and nationally-standardized format in which they can easily respond to UI information requests, attach documentation when needed and receive a date-stamped confirmation of receipt.
|What is a benefit charge protest (a BEN-118 or BEN-118R)?
||An employer who was determined to be the chargeable employer is mailed a notification identifying the worker, number of weeks collected and the total charge amount at the end of each quarter. If the former worker collected benefits, a taxable or reimbursable employer can contest these charges.
|How are unemployment rates calculated?
||The national unemployment rate is produced through a monthly household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics...
|As an employer, what are my options for paying UI taxes?
||Options for paying UI taxes...
|Where do I send my New Hire report?
||Illinois New Hire Directory, P.O. Box 19473, Springfield, IL, 62794-9473 or fax data to: 1-217-557-1947 (24-hour fax line)...