202003.20
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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission issues Update

The IL IWCC just issued the following update: Beginning Monday March 23, 2020, the Commission will move forward with the below Emergency Motion Call for EMERGENCY motions, ONLY. An “Emergency Arbitrator” will be available at the locations and on the dates and times set in the below schedule (this will be updated on a weekly…

202003.20
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Federal Legislative Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

In what is likely to be the first of several actions, President Trump signed into law HR 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The first thing to note is that this bill only applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The bill impacts a number of employer related programs:…

202003.17
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Illinois Courts COVID-19 Update: US District Ct., Northern District of IL

The United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois has issued Amended General Order 20-0012 IN RE: CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 Public Emergency Signed by Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on March 16, 2020 providing important guidance on Court operations. All open cases are impacted by this Amended General Order.  It should be noted that this Order…

202003.16
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Illinois Courts COVID-19 Update: Cook County & US District Ct., Northern District of IL

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has issued the following Order regarding the scheduling of pending matters due to the COVID-19 situation. Similarly, the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County issued a General Administrative Order last week. Obviously, disruptions to normal work schedules can be expected to continue over the coming…

202003.16
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COVID-19 Update from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

From the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission: In light of the unprecedented severity of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, in the interests of health and safety, at the Monday March 16, 2020, meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chairman Michael J. Brennan will be calling for a vote to suspend all normal in-person arbitration and Commission review…

202003.13
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A Message from I&F Regarding COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has obviously raised significant issues for employers throughout the world. Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations and while considering rapidly changing government warnings and restrictions. Although the current circumstances will likely…

202003.12
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Workers’ Compensation Update: Coronavirus

These are obviously challenging times for employers across the country. Although there is much about this emerging pandemic that will call for navigating uncharted waters, the analysis of potential workers’ compensation exposure need not be one of those issues. In Illinois, for example, The “Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act” (820 ILCS 310/) is one statute…

202002.28
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I&F Prevails where Amending Application Backfires on Petitioner

In a recent Illinois case handled by I&F, the arbitrator held that Petitioner lacked credibility and denied all benefits. Petitioner, a maintenance worker, had filed an original Application alleging a specific trauma shoulder injury from suddenly reaching and pulling in July 2014.  The event was not reported for a week, and the initial medical treatment (a hospitalization…

202002.12
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I&F to Host March Seminar with the IL Chamber of Commerce on the Strategic Use of AMA Impairment Ratings

Attorney Allison Mecher will answer your questions about how and when to use Impairment Ratings in Illinois WC cases in a March 5, 2020 online seminar with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Register here.