(305 ILCS 5/11-20)
(from Ch. 23, par. 11-20)
Employment registration; duty to accept employment.
Section applies to employment and training
programs other than those for recipients of assistance under Article IV.
(1) Each applicant or recipient and dependent member of
the family age 16 or over who is able to engage in employment and who is
unemployed, or employed for less than the full working time for the occupation
in which he or she is engaged, shall maintain a current registration for
employment or additional employment with the system of free public employment
offices maintained in this State by the State Department of Employment
Security under the Public Employment Office Act and shall utilize the job
services and other facilities of such offices unless the Illinois
Department otherwise provides by rule for programs administered by the
(2) Every person age 16 or over shall be deemed "able to engage in
employment", as that term is used herein, unless (a) the person has an
illness certified by the attending practitioner as precluding his or her
engagement in employment of any type for a time period stated in the
practitioner's certification; or (b) the person has a medically determinable
physical or mental impairment, disease or loss of indefinite duration and
of such severity that he or she cannot perform labor or services in any
type of gainful work which exists in the national economy, including work
adjusted for persons with physical or mental disabilities; or (c) the person
is among the classes of persons exempted by paragraph 5 of this Section.
A person described in clauses (a), (b) or (c) of the preceding sentence
shall be classified as "temporarily unemployable". The Illinois Department
shall provide by rule for periodic review of the circumstances of persons
classified as "temporarily unemployable".
(3) The Illinois Department shall provide through rules and regulations
for sanctions against applicants and recipients of aid under this Code
who fail or refuse to cooperate, without good cause, as defined by rule of
the Illinois Department, to accept a bona fide offer of employment in which
he or she is able to engage either in the community of the person's
residence or within reasonable commuting distance therefrom.
The Illinois Department may provide by rule for the grant or continuation
of aid for a temporary period, if federal law or regulation so permits or
requires, to a person who refuses employment without good cause if he or
she accepts counseling or other services designed to increase motivation
and incentives for accepting employment.
(4) Without limiting other criteria which the Illinois Department may
establish, it shall be good cause of refusal if
(a) the wage does not meet applicable minimum wage
(b) there being no applicable minimum wage as
determined in (a), the wage is certified by the Illinois Department of Labor as being less than that which is appropriate for the work to be performed, or
(c) acceptance of the offer involves a substantial
threat to the health or safety of the person or any of his or her dependents.
(5) The requirements of registration and acceptance of employment shall
not apply (a) to a parent or other person needed at home
to provide personal care and supervision to a child or children unless,
in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Illinois Department,
suitable arrangements have been or can be made for such care and
during the hours of the day the parent or other person is out of the home
because of employment; (b) to a person age 16 or over in regular attendance
in school, as defined in Section 4-1.1; or (c) to a person whose presence
in the home on a substantially continuous basis is required because of the
illness or incapacity of another member of the household.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)