ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL EXTENDING “REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION” FOR COVID-19 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS
January 13, 2021
On January 13, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB4276, which has implications for COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims in Illinois. This bill extends application of the original rebuttable presumption legislation enacted in June, 2020, which states that front line or essential workers (as defined by the Executive Order from March 2020) alleging COVID-19 exposure and contraction shall be rebuttably presumed to have been exposed at work, and that such exposure is causally connected to said exposure. Specifically, the bill extends application of the original rebuttable presumption legislation, to now include all cases where the diagnosis was made on or after March 9, 2020 to on or before June 30, 2021. The full breakdown of the original rebuttable presumption law can be found in our prior alert here. The bill will now go to Governor J.B. Pritzker for his signature, and we will be sure to update our clients should he sign HB4276 into law.
If you have any questions on the possible impact of COVID-19 on your business, whether your business may be impacted by this law, and possible precautions you can take from a legal standpoint, please contact us at Wiedner and McAuliffe by email or phone at 312-855-1105.