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Illinois Department of Labor Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance to Employers

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / March 26, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) issued in March 2021, the following guidance for employers. Mandatory Vaccination Programs       Wages: If an employer requires employees to get vaccinated, the time the employee spends obtaining the vaccine is likely compensable even if it is non-working time.       Paid Leave: Time…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Alert for Illinois Employers: What if Your Employee Has A Reaction to the Vaccine? Who is Liable?

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / January 26, 2021

During this horrible pandemic, there is a concern among employees about the risk of an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine. Health care professionals are trying to alleviate these fears by emphasizing that any reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is usually very minor or rare. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, Section 11, states as follows:…

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Labor Law Developments In 2020

By Walter J. Liszka / September 8, 2020

Both the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago have been very active in creating new Employment Law Employer Responsibilities in Calendar 2020: Model Training Program for Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Illinois Department of Human Rights has released its Model Training Program for the prevention of Sexual Harassment. Under the Illinois Human Rights…

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Illinois Department of Human Rights Issues Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / September 4, 2020

Healthcare institutions are prohibited from discriminating against their employees and their PATIENTS under federal civil rights laws, the Affordable Care Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employers in the healthcare field should do the mandatory annual harassment training, as required by the Illinois Human Rights Act focused not only on employee,…

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RESTORE ILLINOIS: Phase 3 Guidelines for Reopening Business and Returning People to Work Safely

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / May 29, 2020

Today, May 29, 2020 starts Phase 3 of Restore Illinois for the State of Illinois (excluding Chicago where Phase 3 is scheduled for June 3, 2020). On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen Illinois after the stay-at-home order due to COVID-19. To prepare businesses and employers…

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Employee Return to Work Under Covid-19: What Should Employers Do?

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / May 27, 2020

Unfortunately, our country along with all countries, are dealing with the pandemic crisis. As the restrictions are gradually being lifted on the stay-at-home orders, businesses will resume operations with limitations. Employers will be recalling employees back to work. What should employers do to protect themselves against potential workers’ compensation claims and other liability issues? The…

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Some Minnesota Businesses Allowed to Resume Operations

By Wessels Sherman / May 27, 2020

Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-56 authorizing some businesses to reopen provided that they comply with OSHA, MDH, and CDC guidelines. The Order went into effect on May 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and remains in effect until May 31, 2020. Reopened non-critical business must establish and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that provides for…

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OSHA Issues Guidance on Recording COVID-19 Cases

By Wessels Sherman / May 25, 2020

On May 19, 2020, OSHA issued an Enforcement Guidance on recording cases of alleged Coronavirus illnesses in the workplace. Given the difficulty of establishing the causation of many alleged work-related illnesses, and these unprecedented times, this Guidance should prove helpful. According to OSHA, COVID-19 is a recordable illness if: The case is a confirmed case…

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New Federal Covid-19 Legislation And Its Dramatic Impact On Independent Contractor Status: How Have Things Changed?

By Wessels Sherman / May 21, 2020

The independent contractor “legal world” is quickly transforming in many ways! It is hard to keep up with the flood of new laws and court cases impacting independent contractor status on both the Federal and State levels. FEDERAL COVID-19 LEGISLATION AFFECTING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS: Recently Congress passed two major bills (signed into law by President Trump)…

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Illinois Companies Using Independent Contractors Must Now Handle IDES Notices of Claims: What Should Illinois Companies Do?

By Nancy E. Joerg / May 7, 2020

We now know the basic outline of how the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will process independent contractor unemployment insurance claims. The IDES issued a press release on May 5, 2020 about 1099 workers who have lost work due to COVID-19. The IDES press release states: “Workers who believe they may be eligible for…

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