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Supreme Court Changes the Legal Compensability Analysis in Workers’ Compensation Cases

I.         STATUTORY REQUIREMENT A.        Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (Act) According to the Act, in order for a claimant to be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, the injury must “arise out of” and occur “in the course of” the claimant’s employment.  820 ILCS 305/1(d).  These are separate elements and both must Read more…

New COVID-19 Protections for Illinois Employees

ILLINOIS CREATES COVID-19 PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES  BACKGROUND              On May 22, 2020, Illinois General Assembly passed an amendment to the Illinois Occupational Diseases Act that provides added protections to certain categories of employees that become ill due to the COVID-19 virus.  This amendment essentially accomplishes what the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission tried Read more…