Tag Archives: Illinois

Illinois Imposes New Restrictions Following Surge in COVID-19 Cases

On November 17, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a new statewide resurgence mitigation plan intended to help combat the recent surge of COVID-19 positivity rates throughout the state. The new Tier 3 resurgence mitigation restrictions impact most businesses and are effective November 20, 2020.

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Force Majeure and COVID-19: Illinois Bankruptcy Court Rules That Force Majeure Provision Partially Excuses Rent Payments

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled that a force majeure clause in a commercial lease partially excused a restaurant tenant from paying rent during the period of the Illinois state executive order restricting dine-in restaurant operations. This decision is one of the first to test the application of a force majeure clause in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Duane Morris Chicago Office Provides Meals for Healthcare Heroes

On Friday, May 29, Duane Morris’ Chicago office provided meals to healthcare workers on the front lines at Saint Anthony Hospital. This is part of our firm wide initiative Meals for Healthcare Heroes. This program is funded by donations from Duane Morris attorneys and staff and is meant to honor and support the Healthcare workers and support local restaurants. On-site delivery from Wishbone Chicago included Duane Morris employees Jamie Brown and Sally Wagner. This is the first of fifteen Meals for Healthcare Heroes events Duane Morris’ COVID-19 Strategy Team will be hosting nationwide.

Chicago City Council Passes Two COVID-19 Employee Protection Ordinances

On May 20, 2020, Chicago City Council passed two ordinances intended to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: a COVID-19 anti-retaliation ordinance and an amendment to the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, which provides employers with a six-month delay to the implementation of the private litigation rights provision of the ordinance.

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Employment Law and COVID-19: Things to Watch

The City of Chicago City Council committee with responsibility for employer-related issues has advanced two separate ordinances intended to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The full City Council is expected to vote on both of these proposed ordinances on May 20, 2020.  Watch for our follow up report after the City Council vote for further developments and additional compliance tips. Continue reading Employment Law and COVID-19: Things to Watch

Illinois Withdraws Emergency COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Rule

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has withdrawn its April 16, 2020, emergency rule that would have established that all first responders and front-line workers asserting a workers’ compensation claim before the commission based on exposure to COVID-19 would be rebuttably presumed to have been exposed to the virus through their work.

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Economic Programs Available to Illinois Workers and Businesses in the COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state and local governments, through both legislative and executive means, have enacted or ordered a broad array of financial measures to mitigate the adverse economic effects experienced by businesses and nonprofit entities.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, which will identify and explain the economic programs established by both the federal government, the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago to help ease the financial effects of COVID-19, please visit the firm website.

Illinois Seeks to Protect Workers’ Compensation Claims of COVID-19 Claimants

In an effort to protect essential workers during the COVID-19 health crisis, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has issued an emergency rule. Effective April 16, 2020, all first responders and front-line workers asserting a workers’ compensation claim before the commission based on exposure to COVID-19 will be rebuttably presumed to have been exposed to the virus through their work and for their claim to have been caused by that exposure.

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Update to Various State Construction Closure Orders Related to COVID-19

This list is current as of April 14, 2020 (4:00 p.m. EST) and is and Update to an earlier Alert we posted on April 3rd. Please note that these closure orders are changing almost daily so please make sure you are checking the applicable state in question when considering a closure question.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.