201903.15
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IL Gov. Pritzker shakes up IWCC with New Appointments

Earlier today, Gov. Pritzker announced that he is appointing Michael Brennan as Chairman of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He replaces Joan Fratiani-Atsaves. Other Commission appointments include two, new Public Commissioners. Moving up from her arbitrator position and replacing Mike Brennan is Barbara Flores. Josh Luskin is being replaced by Maria Portela. Both of the Labor Commissioners also…

201903.15
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SB1596 Passes the Illinois House of Representatives

Following our prior post regarding this piece of legislation, we can now report that on March 14, 2019, the Illinois House of Representatives passed SB1596 on a 70-40-1partisan roll call.  Several key issues that Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), one of the sponsors of the Bill, clarified in debate were: 1) the legislation only applies to individuals diagnosed after…

201903.14
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Illinois Work Comp Back on the Table with IL SB1596

This Bill amends the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act. The Bill provides that certain specific Sections of the Acts limiting recovery do not apply to injuries or death caused by an occupational disease as to which the recovery of compensation benefits under the Acts would be precluded due to the…

201903.08
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Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce urges Governor to Reconsider Proposed Decriminalization of Recreational Marijuana

In a February press conference outlining his state budget, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers proposed overhauling the state’s marijuana laws to make the drug’s medical use legal, decriminalize possession, and align the state’s laws on CBD oil with federal standards. In his proposal, the governor also laid out his plan to decriminalize the possession, production or distribution of…

201903.07
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The Illinois General Assembly Takes a Fast and Hard Aim at the WC and OD Acts

It was not front and center on Governor Pritzker’s platform that he would be looking to push changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission personnel or procedures or pushing for changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act or Occupational Disease Act, but there were and continue to be quiet discussions at the IWCC and in…

201902.27
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Illinois: Injuries Sustained During Voluntary Recreational Programs

According to Section 11 of the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, accidental injuries incurred while participating in voluntary recreational programs – including but not limited to athletic events, parties, and picnics – do not arise out of and in the course of the employment even though the employer pays some or all of the cost thereof….

201902.26
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Idiopathic Fall onto Level Floor Might Be Compensable in Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court has recently rendered an opinion on an issue of first impression –  compensability for an idiopathic fall on a hard floor, resulting in head injuries, (Bluml v. Dee Jay’s Inc. No. 18-0317, Nov. 16, 2018).  Claimant, a fast food employee was handling a customer order when he suffered a seizure and fell backwards…

201901.20
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I&F Prevails where Illinois Arbitrator finds No Compensable Accident

I&F Attorney Michael Bantz obtained a successful result in recent litigation, where the Petitioner’s fall was found not to arise out of her employment. The Petitioner testified at trial that she had fallen on the stairs that led into the correctional facility where she worked.  She further testified that she had been carrying bags in…

201801.16
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Wisconsin WC Advisory Council Recommends Medical Fee Schedule

The Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, created to advise the DWD and the legislature on policy matters concerning worker’s compensation law, is recommending legislators create a medical fee schedule to reduce workers’ compensation medical costs, according to a news release from mid to late 2017. Worker’s compensation medical costs are rising quickly in Wisconsin. According…