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Cook County Assessor Effectively Reassessing Entire County Due to Coronavirus

On Friday, The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi is moving to send notices to all property owners in Cook County regarding the effect of the coronavirus on property owners. Reassessment notices will still be sent to all […]

Unemployment Insurance Issues for Illinois Employers When Determining Whether to Reduce Hours

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 possibly with enhanced benefit through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). The answer to this question is, as with so many legal questions, it depends.

Illinois Governor Extends COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Executive Orders Through April 30, 2020

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued Executive Order 2020-18, which continues and extends his prior COVID-19 Executive Orders (including the Stay-at-Home Executive Order) through April 30, 2020.

Summary of March 27 Executive Order, Rules, and Guidance for Schools

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Governor and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued five documents totaling 91 pages of orders, declarations, guidance, statements, and recommendations for K-12 public schools relating to the current mandatory school closure in […]

Illinois Employees Don’t Need Travel Papers to Commute to Work at “Essential Businesses and Operations”

In the wake of Governor Pritzker’s March 20, 2020 “Stay at Home Order,” we’ve heard from several employers wondering if they need to provide a letter or certification to those employees who need to travel to work. There is no legal requirement that employees carry any letter or certification when commuting to work or engaging in other activities permitted by the order.

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Orders Stay-at-Home, Cessation of Non-Essential Businesses and Operations

On Friday, March 20, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—and less than two weeks after declaring all counties in the State of Illinois as disaster areas—Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10, which became effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2020 and continues until April 7, 2020.

Illinois to “Stay at Home” – What Does This Mean for Employers?

Following an afternoon press conference on March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order requiring all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois to “stay at home or at their place of residence,” except as specifically allowed by the Order.

Governor Pritzker’s Shelter In Place Order

Earlier today, Governor J. B. Pritzker issued a new Executive Order, requiring all Illinois residents to remain at home except under certain circumstances. The order exempts certain “Essential Activities,” “Essential Governmental Functions,” and “Essential Businesses and Operations.”

Illinois Governor Imposes "Stay at Home Order" for All Non-Essential Businesses beginning March 21, 2020

In an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that as of 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020, all non-essential businesses in Illinois will be required to close through April 7, 2020. These restrictions follow the earlier restrictions announced closing all schools in Illinois, and closing all bars, restaurants (except for take-out and delivery), and limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Emergency Rules Summary

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules in response to the COVID-19 virus. Below are a few highlights to assist employers with their response plans. This is only an overview of some of the significant changes. Employers should work with counsel as they implement their policies in response to these rules and any individual concerns that may arise:
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