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17
Jun 2020

COVID-19 Update: EEOC and OSHA Issue Supplemental Reopening Guidance

By Anne-Marie Foster     

  The EEOC and OSHA recently issued supplemental guidance to help employers navigate reopening the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The latest updates from both agencies will be addressed below.  A discussion of prior reopening guidance from OSHA and the EEOC can be found here and here. OSHA FAQs on Masks and Face Coverings In
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08
Jun 2020

Governor Pritzker Signs Bill Adding Rebuttable Presumption Subsection to the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act

By Padraig McCoid     

  On June 8, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed HB 2455/PA 101-633 into law, adding a new subsection to the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act (820 ILCS 310/1). Subsection 1(g) adds a rebuttable presumption for first responders and front-line workers relating to exposure to and contraction of COVID-19. A broader rule was initially proposed and later withdrawn
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28
May 2020

Reopening the Workplace with COVID-19: Guidance from OSHA

By Anne-Marie Foster     

  This is the second post in a series addressing guidance for employers on operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This post will examine information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  As a reminder, the guidance of each agency needs to be considered and integrated into any reopening plan.  That reopening plan
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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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