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On March 25, 2021, Illinois Governor Pritzker vetoed House Bill 3360 (H.B. 3360) regarding prejudgment interest on personal injury and wrongful death cases. The Legislature, however, was quick to amend and pass another iteration of the bill, Senate Bill 72 (S.B. 72), which they sent to Governor Pritzker on April 1, 2021. ( S.B. 72 can be read here.) The purpose of H.B. 3360 and S.B. 72 is to amend the Illinois statute 735 ILCS 5/2-1303 by applying post-judgment interest. If signed by the Governor, S.B. 72 would allow a plaintiff in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit…
Happy spring from all of us at McEntee Law Group! This week, we’ve seen efforts by the Biden administration to undue Trump era policies that created an unprecedented immigrant visa backlog, the release of new digitized USCIS forms, and fierce advocacy for immigrant victims of violent crimes by our immigration lawyer colleagues. To stay updated on all things immigration, follow us on InstagramLinkedIn, or Facebook. 1. Huge Immigrant Visa Backlog Challenges Biden — Monday, April 12th The Biden administration continues to face an uphill battle in undoing the damage done by the prior administration’s anti-immigrant policies.…
Levin & Perconti Attorneys Represent Family of Korean War Veteran Who Died During Veterans Home COVID-19 Outbreak In a wrongful death lawsuit filed against The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Levin & Perconti Law Firm is representing the estate of 90-year-old Korean War veteran Richard Cieski. In November 2020, Mr. Cieski was a resident who died after being exposed to a COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run veterans’ facility, located at 1015 Oconor Avenue in LaSalle, Illinois. Levin & Perconti partner Michael Bonamarte said that Mr. Ciskei’s death could have been avoided had LaSalle taken appropriate precautions. That includes preventing breaks…
hand with pen over form Contributed by Beverly Alfon, April 16, 2021 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) EEO-1 Component 1 Online Filing System is set to open on Monday, April 26, 2021. Private employers with at least 100 employees, and federal contractors with at least 50 employees and a contract worth $50,000 or more, must file their EEO-1 data for years 2019 (previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and 2020, by Monday, July 19, 2021. Employers will be required to first file for 2019, then file for 2020 – after the 2019 report is submitted and certified.…
Tony, an employee for a medical clinic, tested positive for COVID-19. At the advice of his physician, Tony is required to quarantine for 14 days. Because he is completely asymptomatic, however, Tony scheduled no visit with his doctor, and no regimen of continuing treatment was prescribed. Assuming Tony cannot perform any work from home, are Tony’s absences from work during the 14-day quarantine covered by the FMLA? Your FMLA instincts are screaming out, “Come on, Jeff! There’s no continuing treatment. Tony never went to the doctor, no medicine was prescribed, and he otherwise has no symptoms. This isn’t FMLA leave!”…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Daniel M. Kotin is a shareholder and trial lawyer in the Chicago law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman. Prior to founding this firm, Dan was a partner with the prominent firm Corboy & Demetrio. How is your firm adapting to the changing work environment? Although our office is open and most of us are at our desks, interaction with the outside world has been almost entirely…
Yesterday, we reported on a number of bills introduced in the Illinois General Assembly to amend FOIA. Today, we summarize some of the bills that propose amendments to the Open Meetings Act (OMA). HB 1765 – If approved, this would amend the OMA to prohibit law enforcement agencies from conducting background checks on speakers at meetings of public bodies except to provide security to protect public officials and others in attendance. HB 2818 – If approved, this would expand the definition of “public body” under the OMA to include governing bodies formed by intergovernmental agreements (IGA). HB 2819 – If…
There has been much focus in the media and by law enforcement over the past few months about hate crimes directed against Asian Americans. Much of this violence against victims has been in response to the COVID-19 pandemic triggered by the false narrative put out by politicians and organizations that blame the creation of the virus and its global spread on China. One study has estimated that almost 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents have occurred within the past year in the U.S., with the majority of these incidents – almost 70 percent – directed at female victims.    Hate Crime Statistics According…
The Department of Education recently issued Volume 2 of its COVID-19 Handbook. The handbook offers suggestions for creating safe and healthy learning environments, addressing lost instructional time, and supporting educator and staff stability and well-being. Throughout the guidance, the Department encourages readers to keep students who may have been especially impacted by the pandemic and remote learning – including students with disabilities – at the center of plans for returning to in-person learning and using American Rescue Plan funds. The reminder to focus on issues of equity and the needs of vulnerable students, including students from low-income backgrounds, students…
On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act.  So, you ask, how does it help me, the average consumer?  Will you be rescued? Stimulus payments By now, you should have gotten $1400.00 for each adult, and each child in your house.  It should have come either by electronic payment, or by paper check.  If you haven’t gotten it, check here to find out:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.  If you owe on your bills, creditors in most states can seize it.  See my article on this here: https://bankruptcylawchicago.com/third-stimulus-check-protected-from-collectors-or-not/ Cancelled Student Loans are not Taxable Income This is HUGE!  It may…
Cook County Sets May 3 for Civil Jury Trial Return Daley Center – Chicago. Civil Jury Trials to resume here May 3, 2021 – Credit: Flickr photo/Jaysin Trevino via CC-BY-2.0 Return of Civil Jury Trials Critical for Injured Parties No one wants a trial. Well, that is to say: no one prefers to end up in front of a group of strangers sitting in a jury box. High stakes. All-or-nothing. Nerve wracking. And let us not consider the butterflies involved in sitting in that witness chair, under the lights, being cross-examined. But Civil Jury trials are critical for the function
As April begins and we welcome the spring season, we also welcome the Biden Administration’s efforts to release children from detention centers at the southern U.S.-Mexico, as well as efforts from the U.S. Department of State to resume some routine visa services. We are hopeful that in the coming months, we will see more action by the U.S. government to strive for an immigration system that is safe, just, equitable, and efficient. Read on to learn more about the recent U.S. Department of State update on backlogs, USCIS’s internal survey to rewrite their mission statement, public support for family reunification,…
Contributed By Rebecca Dobbs Bush, April 8, 2021 close up of the hands of a businessman in a suit signing or writing a document The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, included a COBRA Subsidy covering 100% of COBRA premiums for “Assistance Eligible Individuals” during the period of April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.  The 100% premium subsidy will be reimbursed to employers through their quarterly payroll tax returns.  Pursuant to ARPA, employers are required to notify certain individuals about potential eligibility and details of the subsidy by May 31,…
Pandemic Relief for Restaurants Smaller restaurants and bars soon will have a new opportunity for pandemic-related relief when the U.S. Small Business Administration posts the application for the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program created as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed by President Biden on March 11. As of this posting, the application had not been made available; however, those eligible should keep checking this page or watching out for announcements and be ready to pounce. Continue reading
Remote and work-from-home jobs are more popular than ever. Many employees are still working from home due to COVID-19, while other employees are continuing with remote work even after stay-at-home orders have terminated because it allows for greater flexibility. Unfortunately, working from home does not completely eliminate the risk of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination. If you are a remote or work-from-home employee, it is important to understand your right to be free from sexual harassment and what to do if that right has been violated. Understanding the Law Regarding Hostile Work Environment Harassment The two types of…