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By: Courtney Willits The United States Supreme Court issued a Per Curium opinion that blocks the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirements for large workplaces. However, the Court allowed a vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take nationwide effect. The Court held that although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupation dangers, “it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly.” The Court…
By: Elizabeth Wagman On January 11, 2022, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2022-03 updating the exclusion protocols in schools for individuals who are a confirmed or probable case, a close contact, or symptomatic to reflect the shortened quarantine and isolation periods recommended by the CDC. This was then followed by ISBE releasing the following guidance documents: Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools: Supporting the Full Return to In-Person Learning for All Students Revised Public Health
Tressler LLP has promoted attorney Elizabeth F. Wagman to partner. Elizabeth joined Tressler as senior counsel in 2020 and is a member of our Government and Education Practice Groups. “We could not be more pleased to have Elizabeth join our partnership as we continue to forge a new path into the future,” said Mark Banovetz, partner and member of Tressler’s Executive Committee. “She represents the energy, enthusiasm and drive that will help us continue to…
On June 11, 2021, the State of Illinois officially moved into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. This means that all businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, seated spectator events and more can resume operating at full capacity. Additionally, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no longer an outdoor mask requirement and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) guidance that has been governing business operations throughout the…
Since the notion of a vaccine began to circulate, employers have anxiously wondered whether they will be allowed to mandate their employees be vaccinated. On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released formal guidance answering this question.  Yes, employers will be allowed to mandate employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The EEOC guidance informs employers that while they may require vaccines, employees still maintain legal protections affiliated with religious beliefs or a disability. …
The COVID-19 pandemic has created widespread budgeting woes for municipalities throughout the state, with fire protection and ambulance districts being hit particularly hard. In an effort to help ease these budgeting issues, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) will award $3.3 million in grants to eligible fire departments and ambulance services during the application period. The OSFM has begun accepting applications for the grants, which will award up to $26,000 for the…
On November 17, 2020, the Governor announced, due to the surge in COVID cases, the entire State of Illinois will undergo Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation Measures. The Tiered Resurgence Mitigation Plan first emerged in July 2020 to slow the spread of COVID in an effort to lessen the impact of COVID cases on hospitals. In July, each portion of the State of Illinois was divided into regions that would move along the various Tiers. Pursuant to the Tiered…
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently updated its guidelines for best practices on home isolation. The following isolation recommendations apply to individuals who have a) tested positive for COVID-19, b) have symptoms of COVID-19 or c) were exposed to COVID-19. These new guidelines are more closely related to the symptoms exhibited by the individuals, as follows: Persons without symptoms of COVID-19 can end their isolation after 10 days from the date of a positive COVID-19…
Relying on their inherent authority under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupation Disease Act (the “Acts”), on April 13, 2020, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) amended Section 9030.70 of their Rules of Evidence. Titled EMERGENCY under 9030.70 a, the new Rule creates a rebuttable presumption under the Acts of a causal connection between a “first responder’s or front-line worker’s” employment and a diagnosis of COVID-19.  In other words, any first responder or front-line…
One bright spot in recent events has been to see our kids stay focused as students and to see teachers continue their great work while bunkered down from their homes. Nevertheless, it may be worthwhile to pause to think about the technology that makes this all possible. One lawsuit recently filed in California sheds light on the privacy issues created when students, schools and teachers become increasingly reliant on “e-learning” and the technology that supports…