On November 13, 2020 at 5:00PM, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission will suspend all in-person hearings of any kind, in response to continuing issues with COVID-19. The announcement from the IWCC is as follows:
• There will be no in-person Arbitration or Review hearings of any kind;
• There will be no pro se settlement hearings of any kind;
• Virtual Commissioner review status call hearings and virtual oral arguments will still be heard;
• Virtual Arbitrator monthly status calls and virtual pre-trial conferences will still be heard;
Of note, the suspension is for in-person hearings only, as virtual pre-trials will still continue. The IWCC expressed that they hope to resume in-person hearings after November 30, 2020. We will continue to notify you once additional announcements are provided by the IWCC. The team at Wiedner & McAuliffe looks forward to continue working with you to navigate these new procedures and to developing strategies for the most efficient and effective resolution of your workers’ compensation claims in a timely fashion. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Wiedner & McAuliffe by email or phone at 312-855-1105.