The reasons for denied unemployment benefits in Illinois are varied and may involve an initial disqualification or may occur during the course of your filing for weekly benefits. Should an applicant be denied employment benefits in IL, he or she has the opportunity to file an unemployment denial appeal with the state.
The reasons for denied unemployment, details about the appeal process and the answer to the question, “what can I do if unemployment denied my benefits?” are more covered in the following sections:
Petitioners who have had unemployment benefits denied in Illinois could have been disqualified for the following reasons:
In addition to having unemployment benefits denied due to an initial disqualification, beneficiaries can be denied even after they receive unemployment compensation in Illinois. Beneficiaries will have their plea for continued unemployment compensation benefits denied if they: choose not to actively seek work, are unable or unavailable to work, are not willing to accept a suitable full-time job, do not register with the Illinois Employment Service system, do not maintain and make available their work search efforts, do not certify for benefits every two weeks, or if they do not make scheduled appointments. Unemployment beneficiaries will also experience denied unemployment benefits in Illinois if they fail to participate in re-employment services or if they knowingly make false statements to obtain benefits payments.
The unemployment applicant can appeal any decision that denies their benefits. The beneficiary can refer to online sources and call Claimant Services for more information about the appeal process. Claimants must file their unemployment denial appeal within 30 days after a letter of denial has been mailed to them. They can file their request by mail or fax at the address or fax number listed in the determination letter. If the last day of the appeal is Saturday or Sunday or any other day that the IDES offices are closed, the appeal may be filed on the next business day that the IDES offices are open. Any request submitted by mail must bear a postmark date within the applicable time limit for filing. Claimants should also continue to certify for benefits regularly as long as their appeal is pending and as long as they remain unemployed.
The unemployment denial appeal will be assigned to an impartial Law Judge (referee) for a hearing and the petitioner will be notified of the date and time. At the hearing, the petitioner will be given every opportunity to present their case. Facts in support of the claim should be presented at this time and any witnesses can be brought in. The person appealing has the right to have legal representation. If the referee decides against the petitioner, the petitioner still has the right to appeal to the Board of Review within 30 days of the referee’s judgement. If the petitioner disagrees with the decision of the Board of Review, he or she can file an appeal in the Circuit Court of the county in which they live.