Hurt at Work? Let Us Help
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Hurt at Work? Let Us Help

At Black and Jones, we know jobs can be demanding. We also know if you’re hurt at work, you’re not able to provide and pay your monthly expenses. It’s tough enough putting in so many hours with little compensation, but getting hurt at work can also be a life-altering injury. Your job, self-esteem, relationship with…

Attention Firefighters: Expanded Benefits in Illinois
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Attention Firefighters: Expanded Benefits in Illinois

Last month the Illinois Legislature amended the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act to expand benefits for firefighters in Illinois by including MRSA infections as being presumed to be caused by workplace exposure. HB 3662 amends 820 ILCS 305/6(f) and awaits Governor Pritzker’s final signature. There is little doubt it will be signed into law. Under this…

Everyday Bodily Movements Can Cause Work Related Injuries
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Everyday Bodily Movements Can Cause Work Related Injuries

Everyday Bodily Movements Can Cause Work Related Injuries McAllister v IWCC In September of 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a decision in McAllister v IWCC (2020 IL 124848; 2020 Ill. LEXIS 561), which settled a lengthy dispute between employers and employees about what “everyday activities” are considered work-related injuries.  Have you ever had an…

Emergency Rule to Protect COVID-19 Positive Essential Employees Repealed
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Emergency Rule to Protect COVID-19 Positive Essential Employees Repealed

In another unprecedented move today, the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission repealed the emergency rule amendment entered April 15, 2020. Recall that Governor Pritzker announced the amendment in his daily briefing, indicating that all frontline workers who test positive for COVID-19 would be entitled to a rebuttable presumption that they contracted the virus at work. This…