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Illinois Court Repeals Amendments Granting Compensation to Essential Workers who Contract Coronavirus

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Two Trade Organizations Had Petitioned the Court to Block Emergency Amendments

An Illinois court has overturned a recent ruling that would have granted compensation to any employee deemed essential who contracts COVID-19, even if working from home.
Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John M. Madonia issued the temporary stay to the ruling after a petition was filed by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
The two associations had sought the repeal of the emergency amendments recently adopted by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. The repeal received overwhelming support from more than two dozen business groups.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission had earlier this month adopted a law stipulating that any worker deemed essential who contracts COVID-19 is granted an automatic assumption that she or he contracted it at work, even if working from home, making them legible for workers’ compensation benefits covered by employers.
Nine trade organizations released a joint statement calling the amendment “a drastic policy change that will significantly increase costs” while many businesses are awaiting federal assistance to meet payroll and retain workers.
The Workers’ Compensation Commission is yet to comment on the recent ruling.

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