A Note to Illinois Clients Regarding SIDES
Recently the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) issued a newsletter to Illinois businesses, encouraging them to sign up for SIDES E-Response via their SIDES TaxNet account. Equifax Workforce Solutions clients should not sign up for SIDES E-Response in Illinois or any other state, so as not to disrupt the processes we have i place to manage your unemployment insurance (UI) claims.
The State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) is a web-based system that allows electronic transmission of UI information requests. It has two distinct exchange options – SIDES and SIDES E-response.
SIDES E-Response, or what is commonly referred to as “soft SIDES,” is a web-based reporting portal – i.e., a “computer to computer’ exchange. This functionality is best suited for medium or smaller, stand-alone employers that handle their own UI claims processing.
SIDES, or what is commonly referred to as “full function SIDES” or “classic SIDES” or “original SIDES,” is an IT system-based interface – i.e., a “server to server” exchange. This option is best suited for large, multi-sate employers and for Third Party Administrators (TPAs)
Equifax Workforce Solutions utilizes SIDES with state UI agencies on behalf of our clients, and as part of the process, we handle all registration of our clients for SIDES. We are currently live with SIDES in 25 states and are working with IDES on testing and implementation. We plan to be live with SIDES in Illinois in the near future. Our clients should not register for SIDES E-Response through IDES or TaxNet, as this could create a conflict with our processing your UI claims now, and when we implement the full functional version of SIDES.
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