Coronavirus

Contributed by Jacqueline Lentini McCullough, November 25, 2020 11411781 – photograph of a u.s. department of homeland security logo. The Trump administration has enacted more than 400 immigration policy changes. That’s one change every 3.65 days the administration has been in office. Weary from the whiplash of changes and weight of additional work, many are wondering how President-Elect Joe Biden will approach immigration policy. Here are my thoughts on four issues affecting clients: The Quickest Change Will Likely Be Better Visa Processing Times COVID-19 will still slow processing as many U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) employees are working…
Synopsis: Can Employers Require Workers to Vaccinate? And What Happens If Your Workers Refuse the New Vaccine?   Editors Comment: To my understanding, there are two ways the Great Pandemic of 2020 is going to end—“Herd Immunity” or an effective and new vaccine.   “Herd Immunity” is simple and sporadic—right now, 12,637,714 people have such immunity, as they got the disease and should be immune (or no longer with us—not to be rude), going forward. When enough people have the disease and recover from it they have the antibodies needed to fend off future re-infections; around 12.3M U.S. citizens should…
Is it just me or could you use a refresher on well-being essentials for lawyers too? The colder and darker winter days in the Midwest are never easy. On top of that, this year we’re faced with a surge in COVID-19 cases, an unknown pandemic end date, political and social unrest, family and holiday obligations, and don’t forget high-stress jobs in the legal profession.  So, how can we realistically improve or at least maintain our well-being? I have written before about making sure your well-being toolkit is ready. While exercise and eating well are important right now and often stressed,…
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) that was signed into law in 2017, made forming a company and making an appropriate tax election a challenging decision, and the election results have made it even harder.  While it looks like Biden is our new President, the Democrats have not taken control of the Senate, so getting new tax legislation passed seems unlikely, but you never know.  New Companies who plan to be around for a long time need to make decisions today that will stand the test of time. If Democrats can win a few more seats in the 2022…
The reasons for divorce vary, from infidelity to lack of common interests to substance abuse and domestic violence. Regardless of why a couple decides to part ways, if they have children, the spouses will be somewhat connected for years to come whether they like it or not. Co-parenting can have its challenges, especially during these trying times. “Birdnesting” or “nesting” in a divorce or separation occurs when parents take turns staying in the family home. Rather than making the children travel back and forth between two households, the kids stay put and the parents trade off being in the…
Typically, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous times of the year on our nation’s roadways. Those who get together with family and friends during the holiday often drink alcohol, and when combined with increased amounts of travel, this can lead to car accidents caused by drunk driving. Things may be somewhat different in 2020 since concerns about COVID-19 are leading many to stay at home and avoid large gatherings. However, a large number of people will still be engaging in holiday travel and get-togethers, and because of this, Illinois law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for drunk…
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COVID Rules for Residential Evictions The COVID-19 Pandemic has drastically altered the Rules for Residential Evictions affecting both landlords and tenants. The Federal Government and the State of Illinois have enacted rules to protect many individuals from eviction and landlords must be aware of the rules to protect their interests.   The recent Stay-At-Home recommendations and the slowdown in the economy have created pressures on both landlord and tenants. Continue reading
We previously reported on the Tier 3 mitigation measures that took effect on Friday and that cover the entire State of Illinois. Since the Governor’s press release about the new restrictions, he issued the Executive Order 2020-73 that provides further details about the new restrictions, including guidance on some government functions and activities that will be of interest to our readers. EO 2020-73 does not replace the Restore Illinois plan or the Tier 3 mitigation measures, so those restrictions and guidelines should be consulted as well. To the extent there is any conflict, EO 2020-73 expressly states that the more…
First came Pfizer. Then Moderna. The COVID-19 vaccine is coming. By the time you read this article, even more COVID-19 vaccines may very well be in the mix. But is a COVID-19 vaccine the antidote that brings much needed relief to workplaces across America? Naturally, employers want to know: as employees return to work (whether from a leave of absence or as part of the transition from working from home), can they be required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine before returning? Or can an employee legitimately object to taking the vaccine? Yes, but with Some Caveats Generally speaking, employers can…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Danielle Hirsch and Zach Zarnow, consultants at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and hosts of NCSC’s popular Tiny Chats. The duo discusses the role and priorities of NCSC, challenges and opportunities for the legal profession amid the pandemic, and how courts can adapt to be more responsive to public needs.    Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law!      Timestamps     0:57 – Give us a 1000-foot view, what does NCSC do and how have its priorities realigned given COVID-19?  2:37 – What specific challenges are state courts facing today?   4:34 – Where do you see opportunities for collaboration in the…
The English poet Walter Landor once said, “delay of justice is injustice.” While these words were spoken over 100 years ago, the sentiment still rings true. The quest for the efficient delivery of justice was a driving force behind the National Center for State Court’s Effective Criminal Case Management project (ECCM). Before COVID-19 forced the reduction of court operations, state courts nationwide resolved 40 criminal felony cases and 100 criminal misdemeanor cases every minute. Despite this seemingly rapid pace, most courts weren’t meeting the national time standards due to too many continuances and scheduled hearings. To address these challenges, the…
Our world has changed dramatically over the past year. In an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading, state and local governments have issued stay-at-home orders and temporarily closed non-essential businesses. As a result, many people have been laid off or furloughed while others may be able to work remotely from home. In addition, the majority of school-age children are e-learning through video apps such as Zoom or Google Meets. For divorced parents, this “new normal” can directly impact their co-parenting arrangements. In Illinois, any couple that is dissolving their marriage must create a parenting plan. This document outlines…
Many people and families throughout the United States are struggling with debt, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the loss of jobs, reductions in the income that people are able to earn, and other financial difficulties. Homeowners who are struggling to pay ongoing expenses may be concerned about what will happen if they default on their mortgage, including whether they may face foreclosure. While some homeowners may be able to avoid foreclosure through a loan modification, others may find that they will be unable to avoid losing their home. In these cases, a short sale
On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued comprehensive recommendations on swift immigration reform for the incoming Biden-Harris Administration. AILA is the national bar association for immigration lawyers with over 15,000 members scattered throughout the U.S. and even the globe. Our Managing Attorney, Fiona McEntee, is one of a few national spokespeople for AILA and is also the Chair of the Media & Advocacy Committee for AILA National & the Chair of the Media Committee for AILA Chicago. AILA’s recommendations were developed in consultation with its national policy committees and network of volunteer lawyers. The…
Contributed by Carlos Arévalo, November 18, 2020 New COVID-19 cases are surging in Illinois, and Illinois is ramping up more restrictions by instituting additional measures throughout the state. Generally, these measures have the objective of limiting gatherings and encouraging people to stay at home, but do not rise to the level of a stay-at-home order. Illinois’ Phase 4 remains in place with the following new restrictions: State of Illinois Manufacturing (Implementation of safety guidelines):  Additional COVID-19 training for all employees (even if previous training occurred) Employers to coordinate with IDPH to implement testing protocols and contact tracing Face coverings…