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Ensuring a Safe Workplace: Creating Effective COVID-19 Screening and Testing Programs

As employers ready their facilities to house employees once again, here are some issues and steps that need to be addressed and initiated to ensure a safe workplace.  Please note that federal and state government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, remain fluid.  The recommendations that follow are based on what we know now.  As we   Continue Reading »

IDPH Issues Updated Guidance on Workplace Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Pritzker’s latest Executive Order on COVID-19 (Executive Order No. 2020-32), issued April 30, 2020, mandates that all businesses that have employees physically reporting to a work-site must post the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance encourages employers to follow these steps: Make   Continue Reading »

Breitweiser-Hurst to Moderate Lake County Bar Association Civil Litigation Discussion

Please join Johnson & Bell Attorney, Catherine A. Breitweiser-Hurst, on Wednesday, May 13th from 1-2pm (CST) for a CLE Live Zoom webinar with Magistrate John E. Martin; Magistrate Joshua P. Kolar; Judge Philip P. Simon; Attorney Rob Kinsella and Ben Ruf, IT Specialist.  Ms. Breitweiser-Hurst is the Civil Litigation chairperson of the Lake County Bar   Continue Reading »

Belongia to Discuss Consumer Lending Process and Regulations

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, will address the current status of consumer credit law, including recent developments in case, statutory, and regulatory law of the consumer lending industry on June 22nd. Mr. Belongia’s presentation will primarily discuss credit discrimination, truth in lending, fair credit reporting, and foreclosure defense; while touching on topics such   Continue Reading »

City of Chicago Giving Out $5K Grants to 1000 Small Businesses

The City of Chicago will give out $5,000 grants to 1,000 “microbusinesses” as part of the new Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program. The grants will be available to businesses with four or fewer employees and are meant to help people in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods that have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. The money   Continue Reading »

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Emergency Rule Repealed

The Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission (IWCC) voted unanimously yesterday to repeal the controversial emergency rule approved earlier this month that created a presumption that essential workers who contracted COVID-19 did so in the workplace. The Commission repealed the rule following a setback last week when a Sangamon County Judge entered a restraining order temporarily preventing   Continue Reading »

Kevin Owens to Discuss Risk Assessment and Hazard Analysis at CPCU Meeting

On April 29, 2020, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Kevin G. Owens, will partner with Anne Mathias of Engineering Systems, Inc. (“ESi”) to present a webinar to the Chicago chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (“CPCU”) meeting.  Their presentation, titled Risk Assessment and Hazard Analysis – How and Why: Improving Your Company’s Defensibility, will present   Continue Reading »

Judge Puts Stop to COVID-19 Presumption of Workplace Causation - At Least for Now.

A Judge in Sangamon County, Illinois granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) putting a stop, at least temporarily, to the presumption that essential workers diagnosed with COVID-19 contracted it in the workplace. As anticipated, the emergency rule approved by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, creating a presumption that essential employees diagnosed with COVID-19 contracted the   Continue Reading »

Brian Langs Discusses Navigating Laws Impacting Employers in the COVID-19 World

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brian C. Langs, is a featured presenter at today’s ALFA International webinar addressing laws impacting employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The webinar will focus issues and legal concerns that employers confront, including: The federal Worker Adjustment and Training Notification Act (WARN Act) State mini-WARN Acts Health insurance and COBRA OSHA recommendations   Continue Reading »

Illinois Throws Employers a Curveball: Contraction of COVID-19 by Essential Workers Presumed to be During the Course of Employment

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has approved an emergency administrative rule (“Rule”) impacting COVID-19 claims across the state. Implementation of the new Rule creates a rebuttable presumption that first responders, health care workers and other essential employees diagnosed with COVID-19 contracted the virus in the course of their employment. The presumption includes those employees working   Continue Reading »
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