Unemployment Compensation

Every Illinois employer is subject to the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). As an employer, you are required to pay a percentage of every employee’s wages to IDES, based on your company’s “contribution rate,” which is driven by the amount of unemployment benefits paid to former employees. While many claims are valid, adherence to a consistent approach for contesting invalid claims can directly and positively impact your bottom line.

Vantage’s unemployment compensation services assist businesses in managing unemployment claims and rates and help keep unemployment insurance liability at a minimum.

As a part of our services, we will:

  • Proactively assess and implement measures to better manage future claims
  • Consult with you about your needs for employee records documentation
  • Become your “attorney of record” at IDES to ensure prompt receipt of all unemployment insurance notices
  • Review all claims to determine whether a protest is appropriate
  • Conduct a thorough evaluation of the facts, develop an aggressive defense, and advocate the strengths of your case
  • Promptly appeal any determination finding a former employee eligible for benefits
  • Advocate for your position in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge
  • File an Appeal and Written Argument to the Board of Review to reaffirm your position
  • Contest Benefit Charges and Contribution Rate Determinations accordingly

Successfully contested claims result in lowered benefit charges and keep your contribution rate low, creating significant cost savings that allow business owners to allocate these funds to other business initiatives.

Mona Desai is Vantage Legal’s Unemployment Compensation guru. She represents hundreds of businesses before IDES annually. Mona also is responsible for Vantage Legal’s services pursuant to the State of Illinois’  Legal Services Program. Vantage Legal is proud to serve as one of only two law firms contracted by the State of Illinois to provide unemployment compensation legal services to qualifying small employers.