Can the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory? Perspective for employers and employees.

COVID-19 vaccinations have already started in some parts of Illinois. As news of the vaccine rollout continues, many employers and employees are left with questions about vaccines in the workplace. Should it be required? Can it be required? Can I refuse the vaccine? No clear-cut answers exist, but current laws do provide guidance. Employer PerspectiveContinue reading “Can the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory? Perspective for employers and employees.”

New Federal Stimulus Package

UPDATE: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed by President Trump on December 27, 2020. Nearly 9 months after the CARES Act was signed into law, Congress has agreed on a new federal stimulus package that is likely to be signed by President Trump, though he has voiced concerns over some aspects of the bill.Continue reading “New Federal Stimulus Package”

Employee’s Home Office not Sufficient to Establish Venue in Illinois

This past year, businesses across the country redefined the way business is conducted as many employees moved from corporate offices to home offices, kitchen tables, or family rooms. It is likely many conversations took place after this shift about liability and security threats for telecommuters, but court venue in a pending litigation probably did notContinue reading “Employee’s Home Office not Sufficient to Establish Venue in Illinois”

CDC Issues Eviction Moratorium through December 31, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has implemented a nationwide eviction moratorium on all residential rental units. In summary, the CDC Moratorium applies to: Any tenant, lessee, or resident of a residential property who provides to their landlord, the owner of the residential property, or other person with a legal right to pursue evictionContinue reading “CDC Issues Eviction Moratorium through December 31, 2020”

Constructive Notice

The Appellate Court ruled to uphold constructive notice precedent in a recent case titled Tafoya-Cruz v. Temperance Beer Co., 2020 IL App (1st). The case brought by plaintiff Jorge Tafoya-Cruz alleges a slip and fall in the bathroom at Temperance Brewing Company in Evanston, Illinois. A summary judgment was entered in favor of Temperance BrewingContinue reading “Constructive Notice”

Liability Protection – You Have Been Warned

We have recently seen plenty of funny signs emerging during the COVID pandemic about mask wearing. Even before that, some businesses exercised a certain sense of humor when warning customers about potential dangers in store. It begs the question though. Are those signs actually useful? A court ruling proves they just might be. In theContinue reading “Liability Protection – You Have Been Warned”

Judge rules that Pritzker can block evictions during pandemic

Judge John C. Anderson joined other judges who have upheld Pritzker’s authority to govern the State of Illinois through the COVID-19 pandemic by recently ruling in favor of Pritzker’s eviction moratorium during the pandemic regardless of the economic devastation caused to landlords. The lawsuit was brought on my landlords in the Chicago suburbs and RockfordContinue reading “Judge rules that Pritzker can block evictions during pandemic”

COVID-19 Workers Compensation Coverage for Essential Employees

An emergency rule has been added to Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act [820 ILCS 305] and to the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act [820 ILCS 310] on April 13, 2020.  This emergency rule allows essential employees who become sick with COVID-19 to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for their illness. The emergency rule is in place for aContinue reading “COVID-19 Workers Compensation Coverage for Essential Employees”

What is a Mechanic’s Lien?

The purpose of a Mechanic’s Lien is to ensure that contractors and subcontractors who work on a real estate improvement project are paid for the labor, materials, and/or machinery they have provided to that project. The Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/0.01, et seq.) governs Mechanics Liens in Illinois. This Act allows contractors and/orContinue reading “What is a Mechanic’s Lien?”