RED ALERT!: New IDES Approach to Follow-Up Audits!!!

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is now doing many more “follow-up audits”!!!  Bad news for those Illinois companies who have been audited before by the IDES. Those companies now unfortunately have a much higher likelihood of being audited again in the near future.

Also keep in mind that the IDES is using 60% fraud penalties for Illinois companies who have intentionally failed to restructure their operations after being audited by the IDES (and found to have misclassified workers).
This is a frightening new climate!!  If any of your clients would like to meet with me (by phone or in person) to review their independent contractor relationships, consider ways to lower liability in using independent contractors, go over websites which comment on their independent contractors, restructure or redraft independent contractor agreements, I would be glad to work with both you and them to reduce potential liability and risk.

These are new times. Government is growing ever more hostile and aggressive about independent contractor relationships.
For assistance with an IDES audit or evaluating your use of Independent Contractors,  contact Nancy Joerg at Wessels Sherman’s St. Charles, Illinois office: 630-377-1554 or email her at

Areas of Practice: Nancy Joerg represents employers in administrative actions, hearings, and audits before the Illinois Department of Employment Security,  the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

She represents employers in all types of independent contractor matters, unemployment insurance (IDES) audits and hearings, discrimination charges, employee termination issues, and wage & hour issues (including exempt/non-exempt status for overtime, deductions from wages, and state and federal wage claims). Nancy Joerg effectively advises clients concerning the preparation and review of independent contractor agreements, independent contractor owner-operator agreements, employee handbooks, anti-harassment training, sex harassment investigations, etc.

Nancy Joerg is the Managing Shareholder of the St. Charles, Illinois office of Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C. Nancy has been selected to the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Submitted by Nancy E. Joerg, ESQ Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Oficce, Wessels Sherman Joerg LiszkaLaverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois (630) 377-1554