Illinois issued an executive order to protect healthcare workers against liability for negligent treatment of COVID-19 patients.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois has had only two confirmed cases of the Corona COVID-19 virus and both patients recovered. According to the Illinois Dept. of Health, there are no known, infectious Illinois residents at this time. Nevertheless, employers need to plan.Continue Reading
Since January 1, 2020, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act has legalized the production, sale, transport and consumption of recreational cannabis. The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act also legalized banking for Cannabis Related Businesses (CRB’s) in Illinois, stating that financial institutions assisting CRB’s, such as banks or credit unions, are exempt from state criminal laws.
McKenna Storer is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers recently recognized Greg Cochran, Sara Cook, and Alexander Sweis. These exceptional attorneys are recognized by their peers for their outstanding work and commitment to the spirit of the legal profession. Their knowledge of the law, professional work ethic, and advocacy on behalf of their clients allow them to stand out among other attorneys in the field.
Attorney Alex Sweis recently settled a high exposure cervical fusion claim for a high cost of defense, take it or leave it offer. The plaintiff in the case allegedly sustained cervical herniations at levels C3-C6.Continue Reading
Illinois’ Human Rights Act has been amended to enlarge its scope of potential harassment violations, including both an expansion of the definition of employer as well as expansion of the definition of harassment and an extension of the Illinois Human Rights Act to protect non-employees.Continue Reading
Illinois has had significant changes in the laws governing the workplace in 2019 and 2020. Employers can be hit with serious legal consequences for ignoring these major changes in laws governing the workplace.Continue Reading