Employers Lose Protection of the WC/OD Acts

Illinois is contemplating enacting amendments to the exclusivity provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Diseases Act. Currently, the Acts serve as the exclusive remedy for work-place injuries and depending on the injury or exposure, there is a time limit for an employee to file a claim. Senate Bill 1596 would permit direct

IWCA Amendments Create New Obligations/Liability for Employers

AMENDMENTS CREATE NEW OBLIGATION FOR MEDICAL BILL PAYMENT AND CIVIL ACTION TO RECOVER STATUTORY INTEREST   Amendments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act create new obligations for the processing of medical bills by employers, administrative penalties for non-compliance, and a statutory right for medical providers to file a circuit court action to collect interest at

St. Louis Magazine Discusses Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd.

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Updated OSHA Rules and Impact on Drug Policy

OSHA finds “under recording” is a serious issue in the workplace and is seeking to ensure completeness and accuracy of workplace injuries in all data collected by employers and reported to OSHA. Updated rules for reporting work place injuries and illnesses are scheduled for enforcement beginning November 1, 2016.  Employers and administrators need be aware

Wiedner & McAuliffe Opens Kansas City Office

In order to continue to serve our clients throughout the Midwest, Wiedner & McAuliffe is pleased to announce the opening of our Kansas City, Missouri office. This office will serve the western half of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Kansas City joins W&M’s established practices in Chicago, Rockford, and St. Louis. Our Kansas City office is

C. Zachary Vaughn joins Wiedner & McAuliffe

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Mary Sabatino Receives “40 under 40” Recognition by St. Louis Business Journal

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Mailbox Rule Delivers

Mark Gruszeczka, Appellant v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (Alliance Contractors, Appellee) No. 2013 IL 114212 In Gruszeczka v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Illinois Supreme Court found that the “mailbox rule” applies to appeals of Commission Decisions to the Circuit Court. The rationale:  the filing is a continuation of and not the initiation of proceedings.

Employee Awarded Compensatory and Punitive Damages

Holland v. Schwan’s Home Services, Inc. No. 2013 IL App (5th) 110560 The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed a jury verdict entered in favor of employee Larry Holland against his employer Schwan’s Home Services, Inc. (“Schwan’s”) awarding Holland $660,400 in compensatory and $3.6 million in punitive damages for retaliatory discharge.  In this article, we

Carrier Not Permitted to Appeal IWCC Award

QBE Insurance Company v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission No. 2013 IL App (5th) 120336WC When QBE Insurance learned of an Arbitrator’s decision awarding compensation to Ronald Voges for a date of accident of October 14, 2010, it immediatelyfiled a review.  Unfortunately, QBE Insurance was not a party named on the Application for Adjustment of Claim