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Illinois Dept. of Revenue Releases Final 2019 Cook County Equalization Factor

The Illinois Department of Revenue has released the final 2019 Cook County equalization factor. The factor (sometimes referred to as the multiplier) for 2019 is 2.9160. The press release from the Department of Revenue is available here.

Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance Will Go into Effect With Delay in Private Cause of Action

City Council approved an amendment to the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance to temporarily protect employers from lawsuits. Although the substantive requirements of the Ordinance will still go into effect on July 1, 2020 as scheduled and may still be enforced by the City, individual employees will not be allowed to file lawsuits for violations of the ordinance occurring before January 1, 2021. For safety-net hospitals, the ordinance will still go into effect on January 1, 2021 as originally scheduled.

Chicago Approves Landmark COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance

This week, the Chicago City Council approved an Ordinance ensuring that “Covered Employees” can remain at home for COVID-19 related reasons without fear of being fired, even if they have exhausted any legally-mandated or employer-provided leave time.

Chicago Enacts Additional Amendments to its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On May 20, 2020, the Chicago City Council approved Substitute Ordinance 2020-2343 (“SO2020-2343”), the anti-retaliation ordinance to protect employees from adverse employment action taken due to COVID-19. Also included in SO2020-2343, are substantive revisions to Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the “PSLO”) that will take effect July 1, 2020. The amendments come a little more than one week after Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (“BACP”) finalized its paid sick leave rules to account for changes to the PSLO the city council had previously made, which were scheduled to take effect on July 1.

Further Analysis of the Interaction Between Illinois Unemployment Compensation and the Federal CARES Act When Reducing Hours Compared to Full Unemployment

As Illinois employers ponder their futures amid the COVID-19 crisis, many are trying to determine whether some form of reducing employees’ hours is the solution. Many have inquired whether their employees can make up the difference in pay through unemployment compensation (UC) benefits through the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act, and now with enhanced benefits through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The answer to this question is, as with so many legal questions, it depends.

Chicago Rules and Ordinances Address COVID-19 Retaliation, Fair Scheduling Ordinance, and Disclosure Requirements for Third-Party Delivery Services

In the past two weeks, the city of Chicago has undertaken several actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s continued effects on the city. Specifically, the city is considering a proposed ordinance that would prohibit retaliation against employees unable to work for certain reasons related to COVID-19; plans to vote on whether to delay private civil actions for violations of the Fair Workweek Ordinance; issued final rules related to the Fair Workweek Ordinance generally, and the pandemic’s impact on certain provisions of the Ordinance specifically; and promulgated new rules affecting third-party food delivery services.

‘Restore Illinois’ Plan: Five-Phase Reopening Approach to Ease Restrictions on Businesses, Gatherings

After issuing Executive Orders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including an Order extending Illinois’ stay-at-home mandate through May 30, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has unveiled the “Restore Illinois” plan for reopening the state.

New Illinois COVID-19 Executive Orders Extend Stay-at-Home, Impose Added Requirements on Employers

Amid multiple lawsuits challenging his authority to issue previous stay-at-home orders, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has enacted Executive Orders 2020-32 and 2020-33, which extend Illinois’ stay-at-home mandate, reissue his previous COVID-19 Executive Orders through May 29, 2020, and impose new obligations on employers.

Illinois Releases Model Training Program for Prevention of Sexual Harassment

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has released a model training program meeting the requirements of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), which mandates Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to all employees. Under the IHRA, Illinois employers must train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and at least once each year starting in 2021.

Pritzker Extends Stay-At-Home Order: New Freedoms and Obligations for Employers

On April 30, Governor Pritzker issued Illinois’ second stay-at-home order which will remain in effect through May 30. The Order represents the first step in the process to reopen the State during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis. Although the order lifts restrictions on some businesses and public properties such as state parks and golf courses, most of the restrictions regarding social distancing remain in place from the first order. Here are a few highlights for employers who are continuing their operations or re-opening during the term of the order.
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