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Telemedicine Doctor Visits Count Under FMLA to Establish Serious Health Conditions

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits (health care appointments held via video conference) to qualify as in-person appointments during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees up to 12 workweeks of leave for, among other things, serious   Continue Reading »

Illinois Proposes Adding 9% Annual Prejudgment Interest to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In an effort to “…get litigation moving,” Illinois lawmakers recently passed a bill that will add 9% prejudgment interest to awards in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  Under the new bill, interest will begin to accrue as soon as a defendant has “notice” of the injury or receives written notice of a potential claim.   Continue Reading »

DOL Issues Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under FLSA

On January 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status, meaning the business they perform work for does not have to pay them either minimum wage or overtime, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule will go into effect   Continue Reading »

Julie Busch, Ramses Jalalpour, Angela Kotsalieff, and Alan Kus Promoted to Shareholder at Johnson & Bell

Johnson & Bell is pleased to announce that Associate Attorneys Julie J. Busch, Ramses Jalalpour, Angela M. Kotsalieff, and Alan M. Kus have been promoted to Shareholder at the firm.  “We are proud to welcome these four promising attorneys to the rank of Shareholder,” said Joseph R. Marconi, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. “They   Continue Reading »

ABA Issues Opinion on Ethical Issues for Lawyers Practicing Remotely from Unlicensed State During Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, more and more attorneys have been working remotely.  Some of these attorneys have temporary residences in a state different from where they are licensed to practice law. As such, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released formal ethics opinion 495 (Formal Opinion 495) addressing this situation.   Continue Reading »

OSHA Healthcare Resources

OSHA has many resources to help protect nurses, doctors, dentists, and other workers in healthcare from exposure to COVID-19, including posters (in both English and Spanish) on how to protect cleaning staff, and how to correctly wear a respirator. They also offer guidance on respiratory protection in long-term care facilities, and what dental practitioners need   Continue Reading »

OSHA Construction Resources

OSHA has many resources to help protect workers in the construction industry from exposure to COVID-19, including posters (in both English and Spanish) on how to correctly wear a respirator, and what the workplace can do to lower the risk if coronavirus exposure.  They also offer guidance on the use of face masks in hot   Continue Reading »

Illinois Supreme Court Issues New Rule 44 on Photography and Video in the Courtroom

On December 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of Illinois adopted Rule 44, addressing photography and video in the court room, and Amended Rule 63 regarding the duties of judicial office impartially and diligently. In the new Rule 44, the taking of photographs in the courtroom during sessions of the court or recesses between proceedings and   Continue Reading »

Belongia, Jalalpour Help Client Recover $500K Stolen by Employee

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, obtained a significant and hard-fought victory on behalf of a corporate client. The client, a private jet leasing company, learned that an employee had embezzled over $500,000 from the company and its subsidiaries over a period of several years.  Upon discovery of the theft,   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Potential Class Action Against Municipality, Sheriff and County Jail

In a case based on allegations of a systemic failure by a municipality and its county sheriff to provide timely dental care to detainees in the county jail, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a district court’s ruling that denied plaintiff’s motion for class certification.  The issues surrounding that denial were the basis   Continue Reading »
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