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Find resources for unemployment insurance, bonding

Q] Why do I need to be concerned with harassment issues when only women work at my business?

A] Harassment training has become a legally requirement in some states, and others may soon follow that lead. With potential liabilities growing, it's important to make sure everyone in a leadership position understands the importance of their actions and their key parts in eliminating harassment from the workplace.

Q] Can I use my debit card to pay my unemployment insurance taxes? How can I submit my payment?

A] The Illinois Department of Employment Security is now accepting MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards for employer payments of quarterly unemployment insurance obligations. An employer can pay by debit or credit card over an Internet site or by telephone. To pay by credit or debit card, employers should refer to their payment coupons, which are located at the bottom of each UI-3/40 form or collections document the department mails. The employer will be asked to enter the 27 digit code located at the bottom of the coupon.

The Web site address for credit or debit card payments is https://www.paybill.com/IDES. The site provides step-by-step prompts. The process generally takes five to 10 minutes.

Employers may use the new telephone option by calling (866) 268-3956 and following the prompts. The process also takes about five to 10 minutes.

Employers may e-mail the Department at DES.payments@illinois.gov or call the toll free number at (800) 247-4984 with questions about these new options.

Q] Where can I learn more about the unemployment insurance?

A] For information regarding in-depth workshops that address unemployment insurance claims and value-added programs and services, contact Bill Harrison at (309) 343.3100 ext. 202 or by e-mail at William.Harrison@illinois.gov.

Q] What do I have to do to obtain bonding for an employee?

A] If you have made a firm offer of full-time, permanent employment to an individual with poor credit history, dishonorable military discharge, lack of employment history or a criminal conviction, the Illinois Department of Employment Services, at no cost to you, can arrange a bond tailored to your level of risk and potential loss. You can renew your initial six-month bond for an additional six months, for a total of 12 months. Since the program began in 1966, the default rate has remained at less than 1 percent.

For more information, contact your nearest Illinois Department of Employment Security office. Champaign's IDES is located at the Illinois Employment and Training Center, 1307 North Mattis. Remember, you as the employer has to request the bonding, not the employee or job seeker.

- Phyllis Davis is a Career Development Specialist based in Champaign for the Illinois Employment Training Center. Reach her at (217) 278-5700, ext. 237, or padavis_2001@yahoo.com.

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