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30
Jun 2020

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Transitions to Electronic Filing System

By William Lowry, Jr.     

  The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is transitioning to a fully electronic filing system. The Commission is implementing this new system in phases until parties are able to make all submissions to the Commission electronically. Phase One will consist of electronic settlement contract submission.  The conversion to the electronic system will take place following Commission-facilitated
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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 A broader rule was initially proposed and later withdrawn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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