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Employers Should Have a COVID-19-Return-to-Work Plan Before Reopening

Employers Should Have a COVID-19-Return-to-Work Plan Before Reopening

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As more states loosen the COVID-19 Shelter in Place laws and people begin to return to previously sheltered business, it is essential that businesses have a plan for how that return to work will look and, equally important, convey relevant portions of the plan to its employees.

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Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Health Care Law Insurance Coverage Legal Updates


Illinois Requires Written Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies For All Public Contractors

Illinois Requires Written Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies For All Public Contractors

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Illinois’ amended COVID-19 Shelter in Place rules permits essential workers, which includes most businesses that contract with the State of Illinois for essential services, including construction and healthcare, to continue to perform their essential functions.
For businesses bidding for work with Illinois during this COVID-19 time they must understand and comply with the Illinois Human Rights Act regarding sexual harassment prevention policy and training.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates


Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Guidelines Are Out

Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Guidelines Are Out

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With COVID-19 news taking center stage in our lives, it is easy to push aside Illinois’ new Workplace Transparency Act enacted to protect employees against sexual harassment.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates Medical Malpractice Defense


COVID 19 Pandemic-Notice To Insurers-Who To Notify And When

COVID 19 Pandemic-Notice To Insurers-Who To Notify And When

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The landscape of insurance coverage in this era of the COVID-19 Pandemic is likely to change as insurance lawsuits are being filed to determine scope of insurance coverage. Meanwhile, in direct response to COVID-19, several states are attempting to modify Commercial General Liability (CGL) Insurance policies through legislation to provide coverage, particularly business interruption insurance, post hoc-after the fact. President Trump has commented that businesses have paid premiums for business interruption insurance for years and relief should be available to insureds. It is important for businesses to take precautionary measures to preserve whatever coverages might be available, especially as the case law and legislation changes to meet the COVID-19 pandemic.


Categories Business Law COVID19 General Litigation Insurance Coverage Insurance Litigation Defense Legal Updates Medical Malpractice Defense


Understanding Money Damages for Trade Secrets Misappropriation under Federal and Illinois Law

Understanding Money Damages for Trade Secrets Misappropriation under Federal and Illinois Law

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Both federal law and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (765 ILCS 1065/et seq.) allow a person to recover money damages caused by the misappropriation of trade secrets. 765 ILCS 1065/4; 18 U.S.C. § 1836. Generally, a “trade secret” is information kept confidential for economically advantageous reasons. See 765 ILCS 1065/4; 18 U.S.C. § 1839(3). Trade secrets often consist of technical or business information, such as, for example, designs, codes, prototypes, procedures, or plans. See 765 ILCS 1065/4; 18 U.S.C. § 1839(3). In some instances, a trade secret may include lists of customers and/or potential customers. 765 ILCS 1065/4.


Categories General Litigation Legal Updates Privacy and Data Security Litigation


COVID –19 Relief Programs For Small Businesses

COVID –19 Relief Programs For Small Businesses

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Different programs are available to assist small businesses during this COVID-19 disaster which has swept the country. Small businesses employ over 50% of our employed workers, and are straddled with great challenges in trying to navigate this crisis. Various sources are being developed to help small businesses, which may make the difference between survival and liquidation. These include loans, loans with forgiveness and outright grants with no repayment.


Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage Legal Updates McKenna News & Events


Illinois COVID-19 Executive Order 17 Extends Immunity To Healthcare Professions

Illinois COVID-19 Executive Order 17 Extends Immunity To Healthcare Professions

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Illinois issued an executive order to protect healthcare workers against liability for negligent treatment of COVID-19 patients.


Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage Legal Updates


Insurance Coverage And The COVID 19 Pandemic

Insurance Coverage And The COVID 19 Pandemic

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As more than a billion people are under some sort of quarantine law and numerous US states and foreign countries have “shelter in place” laws now shuttering many businesses, COVID 19 has caused a financial crisis for many businesses.


Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage Insurance Litigation Defense Legal Updates


Illinois Employers Shelter In Place Order – Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

Illinois Employers Shelter In Place Order – Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

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Less than three weeks ago, I wrote a blog regarding why employers needed to be prepared for the reality that the Corona COVID – 19 virus could shut down business. At that time, there had only been two confirmed Illinois cases – three weeks later, Illinois has over 1,000 known cases of COVID 19s, the Governor has issued a “shelter in place” order for all non-essential workers, and employers are forced to face a reality that their workplace and workforce may never look the same.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates McKenna News & Events


IDHR’s Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Available March 31, 2020

IDHR’s Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Available March 31, 2020

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All Illinois employers must provide yearly sexual harassment prevention training starting this year. Illinois Public Act 101-0221 amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) , Section 2-109,requiring Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020, and then annually thereafter.


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