201705.25
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Missouri Commission Finds Horseplay Equals No Pay

Both in Missouri and in Illinois, accidents caused by horseplay in the workplace are usually not compensable.  Horseplay or “goofing off” is generally not acceptable behavior in the workplace as it may result in injuries to the employees.  It commonly has nothing to do with furthering the interests of the employer.  Generally, an employee actively…

201703.17
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I&F Presents 2016 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Case Law Year in Review Webinar

On February 16, 2017, Jynnifer Bates and Mark Carter hosted a webinar entitled “2016 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Case Law Year in Review” through the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. From case law to legislation, as well as the overall direction of the practice, they reviewed the landscape of Illinois WC law.  The webinar included a discussion…

201703.06
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New Appointments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Governor Rauner has appointed Ms. Deborah Simpson and Ms. L. Elizabeth Coppoletti to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Commissioner Simpson will be assuming the vacancy on Panel C but handling the case load formerly assigned to Commissioner White.  Commissioner Coppoletti will be assuming the vacancy on Panel B but handling the case load formerly assigned to Commissioner Basurto.

201701.16
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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Finds Psychologist Qualified under Section 12 of the Act to perform an Independent Medical Examination

Following petitioner’s objection to the scheduling of a comprehensive pain management IME, a hearing was held before the IWCC pursuant to I&F’s Motion to Compel and Enforce Rights Under Section 12.  This case was a long-settled matter in which petitioner retained his rights under Section 8(a) for future medical care.  At issue specifically was petitioner’s…

201502.25
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Governor Rauner Announces IWCC Appointments

On Friday, Governor Rauner announced that Arbitrator Joann Fratianni-Atsaves has been named Chair of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He also announced several Commissioner appointments: Management Commissioner Kevin Lamborn, Labor Commissioner David Gore have been reappointed. Replacing public member Dan Donohoo will be arbitrator Joshua Luskin. Labor Commissioner Charles DeVriendt remains serving although his term…

201412.01
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Governor Quinn appoints Ron Rascia Acting Chairman of the IWCC

Former IWCC Chairman Michael Latz resigned on November 30th and Governor Quinn has appointed Ronald A. Rascia as Acting Chairman, effective today. Chairman Rascia first joined the Commission in 2011 as General Counsel, and later added the duties of the Secretary of the Commission. Assistant Secretary Brendan O’Rourke will serve as Acting Secretary. Chairman Rascia…

201411.14
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Illinois Arbitration territory changes in 2015

News from the IWCC on the changing venues: Zone 4, which now consists of New Lenox and Ottawa, will add Kankakee as a new site. Zone 6, which now consists of Geneva, Wheaton, will add Elgin as another new hearing site. To view the new accident location table, go to http://www.iwcc.il.gov/location.xls All Chicago cases that were…