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Answers to questions (posted on February 18, 2008)

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Fermilab Today gave us the URL to access the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Web site. IDES gives people the option to certify over the Internet the first day of unemployment. I do not own a computer. May I come to Fermilab on the first day of my furlough to use a Fermilab computer to access the IDES Web site to file for unemployment? Then I would leave. Would this be against Fermilab's computing and/or furlough policies?

Employees are not allowed in their work areas while on furlough so you would not be able to use your Fermilab computer until you returned to work. As an alternative, public libraries in many communities have computers for general use.

Our understanding is that unemployment benefits in the furlough situation are "partial benefits" for which there is a 5-week window to file. See page 17 at this IDES link:

http://www.ides.state.il.us/uidocs/bis/handbook.pdf

Given this information, you may wish to contact your local IDES office to ask whether there is any advantage to "certifying" your unemployment on your first furlough day.

Is it possible for an individual to request two weeks of furlough in a two month time frame so that another individual does not have to take the required one-week furlough?

While we appreciate the sentiment, everyone has to take his or her own furlough. If you want to help your coworker, talk to him or her and find out whether you can help in some other ways.

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