(820 ILCS 405/601)
(from Ch. 48, par. 431)
A. An individual shall be ineligible for
benefits for the week in which he or she has left work voluntarily without good
cause attributable to the employing unit and, thereafter, until he or she has become
reemployed and has had earnings equal to or in excess of his or her current weekly
benefit amount in each of four calendar weeks which are either for services
in employment, or have been or will be reported pursuant to the provisions
of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act by each employing unit for which
such services are performed and which submits a statement certifying to that fact.
B. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to an individual
who has left work voluntarily:
1. Because he or she is deemed physically unable to
perform his or her work by a licensed and practicing physician, or because the individual's assistance is necessary for the purpose of caring for his or her spouse, child, or parent who, according to a licensed and practicing physician or as otherwise reasonably verified, is in poor physical or mental health or is a person with a mental or physical disability and the employer is unable to accommodate the individual's need to provide such assistance;
2. To accept other bona fide work and, after such
acceptance, the individual is either not unemployed in each of 2 weeks, or earns remuneration for such work equal to at least twice his or her current weekly benefit amount;
3. In lieu of accepting a transfer to other work
offered to the individual by the employing unit under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement or pursuant to an established employer plan, program, or policy, if the acceptance of such other work by the individual would require the separation from that work of another individual currently performing it;
4. Solely because of the sexual harassment of the
individual by another employee. Sexual harassment means (1) unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other conduct or communication which is made a term or condition of the employment or (2) the employee's submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication which is the basis for decisions affecting employment, or (3) when such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment and the employer knows or should know of the existence of the harassment and fails to take timely and appropriate action;
5. Which he or she had accepted after separation from
other work, and the work which he or she left voluntarily would be deemed unsuitable under the provisions of Section 603;
6.(a) Because the individual left work due to
verified domestic violence as defined in Section 103 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 where the domestic violence caused the individual to reasonably believe that his or her continued employment would jeopardize his or her safety or the safety of his or her spouse, minor child, or parent
if the individual provides the following:
(i) notice to the employing unit of the reason
for the individual's voluntarily leaving; and
(ii) to the Department provides:
(A) an order of protection or other
documentation of equitable relief issued by a court of competent jurisdiction; or
(B) a police report or criminal charges
documenting the domestic violence; or
(C) medical documentation of the domestic
(D) evidence of domestic violence from a
member of the clergy, attorney, counselor, social worker, health worker or domestic violence shelter worker.
(b) If the individual does not meet the provisions of
subparagraph (a), the individual shall be held to have voluntarily terminated employment for the purpose of determining the individual's eligibility for benefits pursuant to subsection A.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision to the
contrary, evidence of domestic violence experienced by an individual, or his or her spouse, minor child, or parent, including the individual's statement and corroborating evidence, shall not be disclosed by the Department unless consent for disclosure is given by the individual.
7. Because, due to a change in location of employment
of the individual's spouse, the individual left work to accompany his or her spouse to a place from which it is impractical to commute or because the individual left employment to accompany a spouse who has been reassigned from one military assignment to another. The employer's account, however, shall not be charged for any benefits paid out to the individual who leaves work under a circumstance described in this paragraph.
C. Within 90 days of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Department shall promulgate rules, pursuant to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and consistent with Section 903(f)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act, to clarify and provide guidance regarding eligibility and the prevention of fraud.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)