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27
May 2020

Illinois General Assembly Passes New COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption Amendment to the Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act

By James A. Moran     

  On May 21, 2020, the Illinois Legislature amended the Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act to provide a rebuttable presumption in favor of compensability for First Responders and Front-Line workers who contract COVID-19.  The bill awaits the governor’s signature.  As we outlined last week, this amendment’s scope is narrower than the IWCC’s short-lived rule amendment,
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22
May 2020

Reopening the Workplace with COVID-19: Guidance from the EEOC

By Anne-Marie Foster     

  All 50 states are moving towards some level of reopening businesses following closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Employers naturally have a number of questions and concerns relating to how to safely bring their employees and customers back into the workplace in compliance with existing guidance.  Employers should develop written return-to-work plans that comply
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21
May 2020

Illinois Legislature Proposes New COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption Amendment to the Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act

By Nancy Wilensky     

  Last month, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) withdrew its April 16th emergency rule creating a rebuttable presumption in favor of compensability for First Responders or Front-Line Workers who contract COVID-19.  The withdrawal of the rule came after the Sangamon County Circuit Court granted the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) and Illinois Retail Merchants Association
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30
Apr 2020

ICD-10 Coding for COVID-19 and Section 111 Reporting

By Rasa Fumagalli     

  Workers’ compensation COVID-19 exposure claims involving Medicare beneficiaries may need to be reported to the Benefits Coordination and Recovery Center under Section 111 mandatory reporting. Given the various types of illnesses that may stem from a COVID-19 infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued official diagnosis coding guidance on February 20,
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29
Apr 2020

Illinois Stay-at-Home Order Blocked: TRO Issued in Bailey v. Pritzker

By Anne-Marie Foster     

  Following the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, all branches of government and administrative bodies have grappled with how to address the health and economic threats posed by the virus, while staying within the bounds of their rule-making authority and powers.  A recent example is the attempt by the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission (IWCC) to
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