Illinois legislation fights fraud, protects workers

Source: Derek Prall, American City and County, September 25, 2013

A new law in Illinois is collecting millions of dollars from business owners who sought to defraud the system.

The law, dubbed “the personal liability legislation,” has led to a voluntary increase in funds paid to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). 

The law allows IDES to hold business owners personally liable for cheating on their payroll taxes, according to the Morris Daily Herald. This shift from penalizing the business to fining the owners themselves has lead to increased compliance and more funding for state unemployment protections.