The Department of Labor recently released revisions to its temporary rule regarding the FFCRA’s Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave. Significantly, the revisions have narrowed the definition of a “health care provider” who can be excluded from the leave entitlements. It also addresses intermittent leave, employee notice of the need for leave, and reaffirm that leave can only be taken if the employer has work for the employee to do. Jane May of O'Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, LLC, legal counsel to the ICRMT, has prepared a memo for ICRMT members, and can be downloaded by clicking here. Questions concerning this revision can be directed to Jane May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID – 19 Update: Rebuttable Presumption High Points and Reminder: Essential Workers to Include Educators
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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission tried to do with their Rule amendments, but were challenged and subsequently withdrawn. This was signed into law by Gov. Pritzker June 8th, 2020. See full House Bill here: HB2455. The new law provides a rebuttable presumption that COVID-19 was contracted out of and in the course of employment for first responders and front-line workers. The law applies to employees who contracted the virus between 3/9/20 and 12/31/20 and makes it easier for employees to prefect a benefit claim for those considered to be frontline workers or essential workers, which list specific to the COVID-19 virus has been greatly expanded. The amendment essentially creates a rebuttable presumption of occupational exposure to COVID-19 for first responders and front line workers who [...]
Department of Labor (DOL) published its regulations on the paid leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its regulations on the paid leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Jane May of O’Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, LLC has prepared a chart and “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding the paid leave provisions. ICRMT members can use these as a quick reference tool in tandem with the more detailed memo provided last week. You can access these documents by clicking the links below: FFCRA Leave Chart FAQs
On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule on the paid leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Jane May of O’Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, LLC has prepared a memo for ICRMT members. Please note that the DOL has indicated that the temporary rule will be published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2020. The memo can be viewed by clicking here. As additional information becomes available, we will review it and pass it along to ICRMT members as soon as possible. The ICRMT Open Door Legal Policy through O’Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, LLC continues to remain as a resource to you. If you have any liability questions, you may direct them to: Julie Bruch (email@example.com) Jane May (firstname.lastname@example.org) Cliff Kosoff (email@example.com)
As previously stated, the ICRMT and IPMG are working closely with our legal resources to ensure timely and accurate dissemination of COVID – 19 related state/federal regulations and guidelines impacting our members. To that end, Jane May of O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook has prepared a very thorough overview of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) most recent pronouncement regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). We recommend that your entity review these new guidelines which will become effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Jane May’s summary can be viewed by clicking here. As always, if you should have questions regarding the attached, we ask that you refer them to Jane May at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (224) 406-8401. Also, Cliff Kosoff, Corporate Counsel for the ICRMT, can be reached at: email@example.com or (847)291-0200. We hope you find this information helpful in managing the day-to-day impact of the COVID-19 virus on your entity.
In our ongoing effort to keep you up-to-date with additional resources on the impact of the COVID-19 virus on local public entities, we are pleased to announce that the United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI), sponsoring organization of the ICRMT, is expressly making its web-site available to all ICRMT members. Below is a link to the UCCI website. There are excellent local and federal resources contained on the website that your entity may find useful during the COVID -19 outbreak. https://www.unitedcounties.com/ As additional information becomes available, we will review it and pass it along to ICRMT members as soon as possible. The ICRMT Open Door Legal Policy through O’Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, LLC continues to remain as a resource to you. If you have any liability questions, you may direct them to: Julie Bruch (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jane May (email@example.com) Cliff Kosoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) Additionally, for questions regarding COVID -19 and its impact on Illinois workers' compensation, please contact Inman and Fitzgibbons, ICRMT workers' compensation advising [...]
In our ongoing effort to keep you up-to-date on the fast moving Federal and State guidelines, mandates and regulations as they pertain to the COVID-19 virus, please find the most recent items, as reviewed by Jane May, our primary resource at O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook, ICRMT Corporate Council. Below is a link to the Department of Labor's (DOL) required poster on Emergency Family and Medical Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers to post this notice in the workplace. The Act states that “each employer shall post and keep posted, in conspicuous places on the premises of the employer where notices to employees are customarily posted, a notice, to be prepared or approved by the Secretary of Labor, of the requirements described in this Act.” https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf Additionally, The DOL has issued some guidance on the new Emergency Family and Medical Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave provisions in the FFCRA which states that the effective date [...]
Two memos have been prepared by the ICRMT Council, O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook. The first memo is by Jane May, regarding Governor Pritzker’s most recent Executive Order. Please click here to view this document. The second memo is by Karin Anderson, regarding EEOC guidelines when dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can view this document by clicking here. We hope you find both memos helpful during this difficult time. If you have questions regarding either memo, please contact the authors directly at: Jmay@okgc.com and Kanderson@okgc.com