201908.29
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I&F Prevails in Illinois WC Dispute over Light Duty Job Offer

Congratulations to Partner Jack Shanahan for an outstanding Illinois WC Arbitration result. In this case, the petitioner was injured in a confirmed accident in 2014 when a hand-jack rolled over her foot, causing immediate complaints of pain and need for treatment. Disputes arose shortly thereafter as to an offer of light duty work within petitioner’s restrictions, and…

201907.17
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Wisconsin WC Update: LIRC Affirms Award of Permanent Total Disability

On June 28, 2019 the Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC) affirmed a decision of the administrative law judge awarding applicant permanent total disability. In Timothy J. Rothe v. Con-Way Freight, Inc. (LIRC, 2017-003735),  applicant filed an occupational disease claim alleging that his work exposure over a 25 year period caused or was a material contributory…

201906.05
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IL Amends Exclusive Remedy Provisions of WC and OD Acts

On May 17, 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 1596 into law as Public Act 101-0006. The new law amends the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Diseases Act by removing the exclusive remedy provisions of those Acts as to employees whose latent work injuries manifest more than 25 years after the last date of…

201905.31
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Illinois Will Soon Join a Growing List of States to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use – How Might This Impact Employers’ Rights?

For any of our readers keeping up with the local news, you will have noticed that Illinois is no longer “considering” or “discussing” whether it should legalize marijuana for recreational use just as 10 other states have done over the past several years.  As public opinion on the issue of legalization of recreational marijuana relaxes…

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…