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The Latest from the IDES Regarding Independent Contractors: What Has Changed in the COVID-19 Era?

By Nancy E. Joerg / April 14, 2020

As I write this article in the COVID-19 era with the purpose of assisting Illinois companies who use independent contractors, things are moving rapidly in terms of new federal laws, regulations and state guidelines. Changes are occurring at the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) with shocking speed! NEW REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES CHANGING ALMOST WEEKLY:…

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COVID-19 and Unions

By Richard H. Wessels / April 14, 2020

COVID-19 is about the only subject being discussed at Wessels Sherman these days. Of course, there are some exceptions, but COVID-19 is the 800-pound gorilla! While most legal commentaries on COVID-19 focus on minutiae of legislation and regulations, for this commentary we are going to focus on practical information and solutions. And, we will do…

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COVID-19 and Hazard Pay

By Wessels Sherman / April 7, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads throughout America, companies are deciding whether to give pay raises to employees, especially those clearly exposed to COVID-19 risks. This is a really hot topic, so much so that we decided to spend a bit of time looking at what is happening. Most of our information is a result of internet searches…

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Illinois Employers Keeping up with COVID-19 and IDES: Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Coronavirus

By Nancy E. Joerg / April 2, 2020

Illinois employers take note! The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has a new notice on its website addressing the remarkable expansion of unemployment insurance benefits under the federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act). The IDES states that not everyone will be eligible for all the…

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Covid-19 and Refusal to Work

By Richard H. Wessels / April 2, 2020

We are receiving phone calls with increasing regularity asking about a variety of issues generally described as refusals to work. Most frequently these scenarios involve talk, but sometimes outright threats to walk off the job. There are a whole host of fact patterns here which impact a legal analysis. Is there a union contract? Is…

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DOL Rolls Out Regulations Implementing FFCRA Obligations

By Alan E. Seneczko / April 1, 2020

Earlier this afternoon, the DOL issued temporary regulations, effective immediately, implementing and interpreting the paid sick leave and emergency family leave provisions of the FFCRA. Although the rules largely mimic the information provided in the FAQs, they now have the force and effect of law. Some additional clarifications: Paid sick leave and/or EFMLA is not…

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Illinois Employers Need to Understand Changes to Unemployment Insurance Due to Covid-19

By Nancy E. Joerg / March 31, 2020

In this remarkable era of coronavirus legislative relief from Congress, many new laws are impacting employers. This naturally is very stressful because there is suddenly “a new normal” about so many aspects of the workplace. Employers are being asked to adapt very quickly to a virtual ocean of new legislation, and the unemployment insurance area…

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DOL Provides Additional Guidance on FFCRA Obligations

By Alan E. Seneczko / March 30, 2020

Late Friday, March 27, and again on Saturday, March 28, the Department of Labor added a number of FAQs to its March 24 guidance. Here are some of the highlights, including guidance relating to business closures and layoffs, as well as the relation between emergency public health leave and other leave under the FMLA: Paid…

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Alert to Illinois Employers: Understanding the New IDES Unemployment Insurance Climate in the Coronavirus Era!

By Nancy E. Joerg / March 26, 2020

Yesterday, Congressional leaders passed a historic federal stimulus package in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The bill now travels to The House of Representatives for approval before being signed by President Trump. ​ ​ The legislation includes a new pandemic unemployment assistance program, which would provide unemployment insurance benefits to those who are unemployed,…

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US Department of Labor Issues New Guidelines for Employers on COVID-19

By Alan E. Seneczko / March 25, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor has just issued a number of FAQs to clarify an employer’s obligations under the Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. A few of the more helpful clarifications are summarized below: The paid leave provisions of the FFCRA become effective April 1,…

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