OSHA Issues Rule Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination or Weekly Testing for Employers With Over 100 Employees

OSHA has now published a federal rule mandating COVID-19 vaccinations or at least weekly testing for workers at employers with 100 or more employees. This codifies the September 2021 directive by the White House to have the Department of Labor implement a rule to assist in increasing vaccination numbers in the United States. While OSHA rules

RETURN TO WORK SERIES, PART 2 OF 3: COVID-19 VACCINE CONSIDERATIONS FOR EMPLOYER

Now that the State of Illinois is fully reopened, businesses are faced with questions on employee vaccination status. Among the most common considerations are whether an employer can mandate a vaccine, and the potential liability should an employee suffer an adverse side effect. In part two of our three-part series on the return to work after

RETURN TO WORK SERIES, PART 1 of 3: CONSIDERATIONS FOR RETURNING TO THE WORKPLACE

As the State of Illinois advances into Phase 5 of its “Restore Illinois” plan, all sectors of the economy have reopened, and employees are returning to the physical workplace. The transition to a “new normal” presents a variety of legal considerations for employers considering the ever-changing governmental COVID-19 policy and guidance. In part one of

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SIGNS HB4276 INTO LAW, EXTENDING REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION FOR COVID-19 OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE CLAIMS

As expected, on February 26, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 4276 for COVID-19 occupational disease claims in Illinois into law. This law 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

COVID-19 VACCINE: MISSOURI WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND COMMON QUESTIONS

COVID-19 VACCINE: MISSOURI WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND COMMON QUESTIONS With the recent development and release of COVID-19 vaccines, we received questions from our clients about whether (1) an employer can mandate a vaccine, and (2) potential workers’ compensation liability if they do so.  Certainly, employers have an interest in keeping their employees safe from both health

KANSAS SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS USE OF 6th EDITION OF AMA GUIDES

The Kansas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Johnson v. U.S. Food Service, 111725 (Kan. 2021). In this case, Mr. Johnson injured his cervical spine, ultimately requiring a two-level cervical fusion. The claimant submitted evidence from several physicians that his impairment rating under the 4th Edition of the AMA Guides would have been significantly

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL EXTENDING “REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION” FOR COVID-19 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS

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

COVID-19 VACCINE: ILLINOIS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND COMMON QUESTIONS; ADDENDUM

In our last alert, we discussed the threshold question for compensability of workers’ compensation claims arising out of adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine.  As a point of clarification, we wanted to make our clients aware of Section 11 of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Section 1(d) of the Occupational Diseases Act as well. 

COVID-19 VACCINE: ILLINOIS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND COMMON QUESTIONS

With the recent good news surrounding the development and release of COVID-19 vaccines, we received questions from our clients on whether (1) an employer can mandate a vaccine, and (2) potential workers’ compensation liability.  Certainly, employers have an interest in not only keeping their employees safe from both a health and liability perspective, but there

Modified Procedures for Pro Se and Emergency Hearings

On November 16, 2020, the Commission announced revised procedures that allow for approval of pro se settlements via WebEx during the suspension of in-person hearings, which is presently in place for the remainder of November 2020.  If the respondent is able to present the arbitrator with an affidavit via e-mail confirming  certain specifics of the